Ferrari has cast a "critical eye" over previous Australian Grand Prix data in order to hit the ground running in free practice despite the circuit being revamped since 2019.
F1 has not returned to Albert Park in the past two seasons due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and in the time between races, the track layout has seen numerous changes - most notably a new high-speed section in the middle sector.
The changes, which also include the widening of corners throughout the lap, have been made to improve the racing spectacle at the venue but in doing so has changed the demands on teams and drivers to find a working range for their cars.
Further complication in preparation has come from F1's new machinery this season which boasts entirely different characteristics to cars from previous years.
On whether data from previous years could be helpful, Ferrari head of vehicle concept David Sanchez explained: “Although the layout is faster the underlying nature of the track remains the same.
"It is still a track which rewards good aero efficiency and traction. This allows us to look back into the data from the last few times we raced there with a critical eye to ensure we consider all the key elements as we tackle free practice.
"We also spent a large amount of time running the new car in the simulator, so when it hits the ground in FP1 in Albert Park the car should hopefully feel pretty good from the drivers’ perspective.”
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