Sunday’s fourth operating of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – and fifth F1 race held on the Baku Metropolis Circuit after the inaugural occasion was run underneath the European GP title in 2016 – noticed two drivers, Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll, undergo tyre failures whereas on the principle straight, inflicting them to spin out at high-speed.
Each drivers had been in a position to stroll away from their incidents, however they led to ex-Mercedes and Williams driver Rosberg’s considerations in regards to the Baku pit entry being mentioned once more.
Rosberg accomplished a digital lap and monitor information of the Baku Metropolis Circuit on his YouTube channel within the lead-up to the race, and highlighted his grievances with the pit entry on the monitor.
The pit entry in Baku is situated to the left-hand facet of the monitor, and requires drivers to jink left barely earlier than turning proper to return into the pitlane, peeling off the monitor on the quickest level of the circuit.
“I’m going to point out you one of many locations I at all times discovered essentially the most harmful of the entire yr,” Rosberg stated within the video, having gained the one F1 race he contested in Baku again in 2016.
“It was fairly scary. You’re arriving down right here now at 350 kph, now look what’s on the left [referring to the pit entry].
“Think about one thing breaks on the automobile right here. You’re at 350 kph. On the left, there’s only a wall, and it’s going through you. If one thing breaks and also you’re in that wall, it’s the tip, there’s no extra you.
“This is without doubt one of the most scary locations I’ve ever pushed an F1 automobile in. To go by there simply feels ridiculously flawed. However it’s important to try to mix it out.”
However F1 race director and security delegate Masi stated he didn’t agree with what Rosberg had stated as a result of the circuit had met the FIA’s Grade 1 necessities.
“No, I disagree with that remark,” Masi stated.
“The pit entry and your complete circuit has been designed, and is homologated by the FIA as a Grade 1 circuit, and fulfils the entire numerous security necessities that the FIA has inside its regulation necessities.
“So no, I disagree.”
Stroll suffered his tyre failure previous to pit entry, whereas Verstappen spun out to the right-hand facet of the monitor, which means his automobile didn’t go close to to the wall that Rosberg raised considerations about.