Albert Park's starting grid shake-up

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 24/03/2023
  • By James Pavey

The starting grid has been altered for next weekend’s Supercars round at Albert Park, the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint.

ARMOR ALL Pole will move from the drivers’ left to now be on the right on what is a staggered grid in Melbourne.

Last year, pole was on the drivers’ right, where Formula 1 cars start the Sunday Grand Prix.

Pole position for the four Supercars sprint races will launch from fourth position for the F1 field at Albert Park.

Per the event Further Supplementary Regulations: "The grid will be a 1×1 formation with pole position for Supercars on the right-hand side (in the F1 position 4th place).

"The first three (3) F1 grid positions will be left vacant."

This year’s Albert Park will be the first for the new Gen3 cars, which made their racing debut at the Thrifty Newcastle 500.

Driver visibility is behind the change, although it sees pole position take the inside line for Turn 1, albeit on the 'dirty' line.

The start lights gantry Albert Park is located in the centre of the starting grid.

The grid change aligns with Supercars events, where pole-sitters start relative to the inside for Turn 1.

In the case of Newcastle, that was on drivers’ right.

The first corner at the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit is a right-hander into a slight left-hand kink.

Supercars will race on all four days of the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint, which runs on March 30-April 2.

Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2023: Session times

Thursday-Saturday times AEDT

Thursday, March 30

Time Category Session
1030-1100 Carrera Cup Practice
1125-1155 Supercars Practice 1
1230-1300 Carrera Cup Qualifying
1315-1345 Supercars Practice 2
1445-1500 Supercars Qualifying Race 3
1510-1525 Supercars Qualifying Race 4
1645-1725 Carrera Cup Race 1
1745 Supercars Race 3 (19 laps)

Friday, March 31

Time Category Session
0850-0935 Formula 3 Practice
1000-1045 Formula 2 Practice
1230-1330 Formula 1 Practice 1
1400-1430 Formula 3 Qualifying
1455 Supercars Race 4 (15 laps)
1600-1700 Formula 1 Practice 2
1730-1800 Formula 2 Qualifying
1825-1900 Carrera Cup Race 2

Saturday, April 1

Time Category Session
0905-0920 Supercars Qualifying Race 5
0930-0945 Supercars Qualifying Race 6
1045-1130 Formula 3 Sprint Race
1230-1330 Formula 1 Practice 3
1420-1510 Formula 2 Sprint Race
1600-1700 Formula 1 Qualifying
1730 Supercars Race 5 (13 laps)
1825-1900 Carrera Cup Race 3

Sunday, April 2

Sunday times AEST

Time Category Session
0905-0955 Formula 3 Feature Race
1025 Supercars Race 6 (13 laps)
1135-1240 Formula 2 Feature Race
1500-1700 Formula 1 Race
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