Melbourne is an urban track that winds its way through the Albert Park streets. It is a fast track and quite demanding for the brakes. The 9 braking zones on the track are all medium-high level difficulty for the braking systems and are characterized by variable decelerations. Because it is a non-permanent track, during the race weekend it is gradually rubberized, which causes an increase in deceleration and brake stress in terms of wear and temperature.


 Length: 5,303 m

 Number of laps: 58

 Type of circuit: Hard

 Number of brakings: 9

 Time spent under braking per lap: 15%


Turn by turn



It will be interesting to note the braking zones and where the 2014 cars start braking. Some have suggested that braking will start earlier due to the performance characteristics of the cars so keep and eye on these areas.

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  • Jiji the cat

    I should also expect a very skittish rear end under breaking.
    So we should have longer breaking distances, could we finally put forward a good argument to eliminate DRS?

  • MIE

    With Joules being Watt seconds, I tried to work out how much energy could be recovered by the ERS using the figures provided. If the figures for the first corner could all be recovered by the ERS it would be over 5 Mega Joules, well in excess of the maximum 4 Mega Joules per lap that is allowed by the regulations.
    Presumably most of this braking effort is taken by the front wheels and is not available for ERS.