“Albert Park is a low grip street circuit, and you're normally on the limit when it comes to tyre graining. As a result, careful management of car set-up throughout the weekend is a pre-requisite. We will have some improvements for the FW32 in Australia that we will roll out during Friday's practice sessions,” said Williams' technical director Sam Michael.
“It's going to be a really interesting weekend in terms of seeing how the teams perform on such a different track in comparison to Sakhir,” added the Williams official.
Williams is actually one of the teams that managed to make the scoreboard in Bahrain, thanks to Rubens Barrichello's 10th place at the finish line. Heading to Australia, the Brazilian veteran believes he could do better this weekend, as the team managed to get a hold of their problems in Bahrain.
“I like Albert Park a lot. It doesn't really feel like a street circuit, it's very challenging and has some interesting corners to negotiate. We had some minor problems in Bahrain but we have resolved them now for Australia. I'm positive we will have a stronger race this weekend,” said Barrichello.
As for rookie driver Nico Hulkenberg, the German will race on the Albert Park venue for the first time in career, having done some simulation work during the past week. He raced to 14th place in the Bahrain GP, having experienced some problems at his F1 debut.
“As a circuit, I don't know Albert Park at all as I haven't raced there yet. I spent a few days in the factory last week going through practice runs on the simulator and running through data with my engineers which was really helpful but nothing beats having time on the track itself,” added the German driver.
“I'm hoping that we will have a more successful weekend in Australia as a result of what I learnt in Bahrain, and what the team have worked on since we came home.”