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Sergio Perez

Perez shares thoughts on Albert Park changes after simulator run

Formula 1 drivers will tackle a new-look Albert Park this weekend as the Australian Grand Prix returns to the calendar.

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Sergio Perez has given an insight into the various changes made to the Albert Park Circuit ahead of this year's Australian Grand Prix.

Melbourne's popular street track is set to be faster than ever after the reprofiling of several corners, the removal of the Turn 9-10 chicane for an extended 'straight' and the anticipated addition of a fourth DRS zone.

Earlier this week, Perez spent time in the Red Bull simulator in a bid to get up to speed with the modified layout, and the Mexican has offered his initial thoughts on the work that has been carried out.

Perez tips changes to be "good for the show"

With overtaking opportunities at a premium around the tight and twisty layout in the past, Perez reckons the aforementioned overhaul will improve the situation and add to the spectacle for fans on race day.

"It is great to be back in Melbourne after two years away; it is always a fun place to race," Perez commented as he previewed the event.

"This year the track layout is new, so it will be interesting to see how this fresh generation of cars gets on there.

"I did some simulator work at the beginning of the week on the track and I think the changes should be good for the show – it will make things entertaining."

Perez hoping for better luck in Australia

Perez is keen to get a trouble-free weekend under his belt in Australia after a mixed start to the 2022 campaign.

With both Red Bulls dramatically retiring in the closing stages of the Bahrain season opener, Perez bounced back to score his maiden F1 pole position in Saudi Arabia, only for his race to be undone by a badly-timed Safety Car.

"It has been so close in the races so far and the team and I have been unlucky at times, but I am confident that my luck will change this weekend," added Perez.

"We have a strong package this season and I can't wait to get in the car again to see what we can do!"

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