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Australian Grand Prix could be messy

Sergio Perez believes that the Australian Grand Prix weekend has all the ingredients to be a messy weekend for the sport.

Whilst there have been limited changes to the regulations in regards to the cars themselves, the sport has seen many changes come into place for the new season.

There is a new qualifying format, designed specifically to cause chaos in regards to traffic, weather and tactical errors that could well see a strong driver and car begin the race further down the grid then they would expect.

There are new tyre regulations which have enabled the drivers to pick different tyre compounds and run different race strategies. For example the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have selected different compounds and could race different strategies come Sunday.

There are new radio rules, preventing teams from driver coaching, also limiting the communication regarding engine modes and tyres, putting more and more focus on the driver.

There is also less assistance with race starts, which Force India driver Sergio Perez believes will make for an interesting first corner in Melbourne.

“Definitely Turn 1 here can be a bit more adrenaline [packed] than any other race throughout the year, I think getting here – with all the new regulations we have with the clutch, etc – it can create a bit of a mess during the race as well, not only the start.

“So it will be very interesting race as well, also with the new qualifying format. So it can vary a couple of things during the race.”
he told motorsport.com.

“I expect you have the best drivers in the world, so I rarely think there will be a problem with that [radio regulations]. But I think the first race can be an adventure for the drivers, for all of us, but after that it will be a straightforward race.”



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