Australian Grand Prix chief Andrew Westacott has said he is open to track changes at Albert Park for future motorsport events.
The technical, slippery roads that make up the Albert Park Street Circuit are set to be resurfaced following the completion of this year’s Grand Prix.
Westacott has also laid claims to suggest that this scheduled reworking of the track provides himself and the event’s promoters ample opportunity to look at ways to improve the on-track action.
The Formula One circus has been visiting Albert Park annually since 1996 but has lately been criticised for too often producing processional races.
“We are having a dialogue with Formula 1 about how we evolve the track to make sure the changes that have occurred in the cars since 1996 are reflected in changes or adjustments to the track,”Westacott revealed to Motorsport.
“Whether that be widening in some areas, whether that be camber in some areas or other aspects, that’s all work in progress. We’ll probably know, realistically, at event time more about timelines and when the works are likely to happen – whether it will be in the next 12 months or the next 24 months.”
Formula One has undergone dramatic transitions in aerodynamics since the first rendition of the race in Melbourne.
“There’s no doubt the cars have evolved and changed from 1996 to 2020 and they’re certainly going to change again in 2021,”Westacott continued.
“What we are doing is looking at all the different inputs, from speed limits in the pitlane, to widths, to asphalt abrasiveness, and we’re in active dialogue with Formula 1 about those.”
The Australian Grand Prix plays host to the opening round of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship on March 15.