In what will be the first Australian grand prix since 2019, there has been some changes. The cars have changed, but most importantly the track has been changed in areas, the changes include widening of corners such as turn 1 and 3, and the removal of the chicane at what was previously turns 9 and 10. The lap times will also be faster due to these changes.
With all the changes, there may be things that do not change when it comes to the teams. Both McLaren and Aston Martin will be looking to turn their fortunes around after a bit of a sluggish start to the 2022 season. Mercedes will be looking to edge closer to Red Bull and Ferrari to get themselves back in a title fight.
Haas will be a team to keep an eye on as they will hope to continue their good form heading into this weekend. They have achieved two points finishes out of the two races this season, already improving greatly on the abysmal performance of last season with zero points. They’ll be a team to watch, and with Mick Schumacher looking to be back on race day, could be a shout for a decent finish and points.
Mercedes, after what was a less than satisfactory weekend in Saudi Arabia, with Lewis Hamilton finishing tenth, and George Russell a long way off fourth in that race. The silver arrows have some work to do if they want to catch up to rivals Ferrari and Red Bull. And the question will be, have they done enough work since the last race to close that gap?
McLaren are a team who had a lot of hype going into the season but have failed to deliver after the first two races. Even though they did get a car finishing in the points in the last race, the performance was not as good as it could be, and with Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo going into his home grand prix, he will be desperate to deliver something for the home crowd, so can McLaren improve on their lacklustre start to the season? Or will it be disappointment again?
So much has changed since the last visit to Melbourne and will be very interesting to see what kind of challenges the circuit poses after the changes, as well as the cars. Nevertheless, it should all be a very interesting affair on the streets of Melbourne.