FIA Announces Changes to Albert Park Circuit

Apart from changing the original time schedule for the Australian Grand Prix next weekend – all practice & qualifying sessions, plus race, have been scheduled an hour later as compared to last year – the Aussie organizers have also proceeded to slightly revising the Albert Park track ahead of the 2009 race.

Due to Timo Glock's serious crash during last year's Aussie GP, the Turn 12 chicane has been modified to prevent similar accidents. At FIA's request, the aforementioned section has been flattened, while the kerbs and artificial grass have been extended at the exit of the chicane, as shown on FIA's official site.

In addition, Turn 6 of the Albert Park circuit has also underwent some minor changes, similar to the ones on Turn 12 (regarding the extension of the kerbs & artificial grass section).

In one of the most dramatic incidents of last season, the German driver ran wide into the run-off area at Turn 12 of the circuit (during the race) and, after hitting a bump, was immediately projected into the air. His Toyota disintegrated when hitting the ground, leading to a minor left-wrist injury for Glock.

The German driver was soon enough cleared by the doctors and eventually made it to the Toyota cockpit for the following race, the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The FIA have also announced the official time schedule for next week's Aussia GP, with the action beginning as soon as Thursday afternoon (starting 13.00 hours) with the individual driver photographs. However, the international body is yet to announce when exactly the new autograph signing session for drivers – ratified by the WMSC last week – will take place at Albert Park.
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