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12.03.2016: Australian Grand Prix 2016 Track notes The fastest car in 2014 qualifying was 317kph, but it increased

Australian Grand Prix 2016



Track notes



The fastest car in 2014 qualifying was 317kph, but it increased in 2015 to 329kph. In 2016 speeds have increased yet again, so watch the top speed figures for something impressive.


The track is a tricky one to learn with little in the way of landmarks or reference points for the drivers.


At this time of the year the ambient temperature can swing from 35°C to 15°C from day to day, depending on wind direction. If the wind comes from the north it is typically hot, but cool if blowing from the south. This can play havoc with cooling settings but also makes tyre management unpredictable as the circuit temperature also changes a great deal.


This year teams will have medium, soft and supersoft tyres available. In 2015 medium and soft were available. This is likely to lead to faster qualifying and more pitstops in the race.


Brake wear is towards the higher end of the scale and with all running taking place at Barcelona so far, which is low wear, this will be an area the teams will have to pay close attention to.



Power Unit notes



-    Albert Park is one of the toughest circuits of the year for the power units due to the short bursts of acceleration between turns. There are 10 periods of acceleration over the lap where the car will go from approximately 150kph to just under 300kph in less than three seconds. The ICE will accordingly go from 9,000rpm to 13,000rpm over these distances.


-    Large forces run through the engine in the heavy braking zones. The load in Turn 13 is the heaviest ‘stop’ of the circuit. The car brakes from 300kph to 125kph in 2.5secs, generating peaks of 4g, approximately the same forces a jet pilot will encounter.


-    With the majority of corners taken in first to third gear with a period of acceleration straight after, good traction and engine response is key. The turbo will need to be correctly calibrated (or ‘driveable’) to avoid any lag between the driver putting his foot on the gas and the engine kicking in.


-    Correctly mapping the Power Unit to give good power delivery could gain a few tenths of a second over the course of the lap.


Technical notes



Circuit length:            5.303km
Race distance:            307.574km
Race start time:            16:00
Full throttle time per lap :    51% in Race and 58% in Q
Fuel consumption:         1.72kg in Race

Energy recovery :    1.2MJ with MGU-K in braking with possibility of recovering the maximum FIA allowed 2MJ with overload (using the ICE to charge the battery via the K in part throttle)

Longest time spent at full throttle: 9sec on the start/finish straight
Percentage of lap spent braking:22%
Pitlane length:            55m approx
Brakewear:            High
Difficulty for PU :         High
Aero level:            Medium to high





Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director


With the teams now having some freedom over compound choice and a tyre one step softer than 2015 being available, simulations are run to determine the optimum selection. We have to bear in mind that we need to select tyres to qualify and race on.


Most drivers have the majority of their tyres as Supersoft – this will allow for optimum qualifying whilst still being a decent tyre for the race. One feature of the new regulations is that we may see an increase in the number of race pitstops as teams push their selection towards the softer end of the range.



Tyre choice for Australia


Supersoft (red)


Like a cuddly koala, the softest compound expends its energy quickly and then spends the rest of the time resting.


Soft (white)


The kangaroo of the range. Biased towards bursts of speed, it can still cover long distances. Has some jumpy peaks too.


Medium (orange)


The supersoft is an ideal compromise between performance and durability, just like the Australian emu, which can travel great distances but can sprint when necessary.




What we’ve been up to…


How much can you cram into one winter ? Quite a lot it turns out. And we’re not talking Caribbean holidays or ski jaunts….


Since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix we’ve become Renault Sport Formula One Team and the Enstone Technical Centre and Viry-Châtillon Powertrain Centre are undergoing complete rebrands.


We covered 772 laps of the Barcelona track in testing, which equates to more than 3,500km, or 11 race distances. Or the distance from London to New York.


As part of the plan to re-resource Enstone, 27 positions were advertised in January. In one month, that’s a potential 5% increase in staff. 


Our new recruits have certainly generating the column inches. In addition to interviews with Fleet Street’s finest and filming with a wealth of broadcasters, Jolyon has enjoyed a day at BBC HQ in Salford. Denmark has meanwhile embraced Kevin’s return. 34% of everything written in Denmark about cars and the automotive industry has been geared around Renault, with Renault’s media coverage increasing by 400%!




What we will get up to this week…



Jolyon and Kevin will have a busy media schedule in Australia. The pair touch down in Sydney over the weekend for a day video shoot just outside the city. The video will be unveiled on Wednesday…which leads us to…


Our final and definitive 2016 livery will be presented on Wednesday 16 March. Our drivers and management will unveil the new colours in an event at the Docklands, Melbourne at 19 :30hrs. If you can’t be there in person, check Twitter and Facebook for the new look.


Kevin and Jolyon will have in-circuit media commitments on Thursday, and then the pair will be on track. You can catch them for autographs in the fan area on Sunday before the race.


If you are at Albert Park, Renault Australia will once again have an activation at the F1 Central area along with the Renault Torque Bar area.  The F1 Central activation is a great place for fans to come and learn about the new team as well as check out the new Renault Sport Formula One Team livery.



A trip down memory lane

Australian GP, 2005. Giancarlo Fisichella confirmed that the Renault challenge was serious with victory in Melbourne. The Italian raced away from pole position and controlled the race from the front.           

 


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