"Aggressive" new kerbs at Abu Dhabi F1 observe modified in a single day - Motor Informed
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“Aggressive” new kerbs at Abu Dhabi F1 observe modified in a single day

The exit kerbs on the two newly-reprofiled corners, Turns 5 and 9, have been modified following suggestions from drivers, groups and tyre provider Pirelli.

The sharp peaks of the second row of the double kerbs have now been rounded off at each corners, making them much less aggressive.

The kerbs have been mentioned at Friday evening’s FIA drivers’ briefing, with members suggesting that they need to be altered in order that they may very well be used extra.

Groups have been extra involved about potential automotive harm within the wake of the incidents in Qatar, the place many automobiles suffered over the course of the weekend, and Nikita Mazepin’s chassis was broken past fast restore.

4 drivers additionally suffered tyre failures within the Qatar race, which Pirelli later decided have been a results of constant kerb strikes as tyres wore down and have become extra susceptible.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, heads into retirement with a puncture in Qatar

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, heads into retirement with a puncture in Qatar

Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

After Friday’s first follow periods in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola expressed the company’s concerns to the FIA.

“They’re very related [to Qatar], they aren’t precisely the identical,” stated Isola. “Particularly they’re fairly aggressive on the exit of Flip 5 and Flip 9.

“They’re probably the most aggressive. From Flip 1 to four they’re the identical as final yr, after which we’re completely different kerbs Turns 12, 13, 14, 15.

“The exit of Flip 16 is similar because the final yr. So we now have variations in comparison with this yr, and they’re extra aggressive.

“There are additionally completely different kerbs on the apex of the corners, however clearly the apex is completely different. To start with, as a result of you’ve gotten the unloaded tyres on the automotive which might be on the apex.

“And second as a result of the drivers can handle to not run an excessive amount of on the apex, whereas I’m extra anxious concerning the exit kerbs, particularly in Turns 5 and 9, which might be probably the most aggressive.

“We noticed from free follow each in F2 and F1 that they’re working particularly over the kerbs and the exit of Flip 9, that can be the flip with the best velocity.

“And I am positive that in qualifying they’ll use the kerbs and possibly additionally through the race in the event that they push through the races. So there may be this aspect that we now have to think about.”

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