With the Formula One teams and their cars on the road since the first Grand Prix, technical developments were scarce last weekend at Melbourne. Even the technical controversies had seemingly died down, and engine reliability improved after a spate of failures in Malaysia. Overall, the Australian weekend was low on technical novelties.
However, the layout of the Albert park circuit and the cooler/wetter weather kept the teams on their toes. Friday's practice sessions were only really used by the teams with a third car, as the track was still green and the teams wanted to save their engines for more running on Saturday.
But Saturday's sessions were interrupted by rain, and many teams were caught out without enough running the previous day. The errors the drivers then made on compromised settings lead to spins in both qualifying and race; the latter disrupting the flow of the race and forcing drivers to parade around behind the safety car, with rapidly cooling tyres.