F1 »

Changes made to kerbs at Korean circuit

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has ordered changes to the new F1 circuit at Yeongam after concerns were raised on day one of the Korean Grand Prix.
The all-new Korea International Circuit has been subtly altered ahead of third and final free practice following complaints from the drivers on the opening day of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting confirmed that changes were needed at turn 16, and also allowed the usual convention for cars entering the pits to be waived for this weekend's event after concerns that the blind entry could cause an accident on race day.

Amid reports that cars were 'bottoming-out' at turn 16, and observations that the drivers were using every inch of the shallow kerb - and more - both there and two corners later, Whiting instructed the circuit to fill the kerbs to encourage proper use of the racing line. A perimeter wall at turn 16, where the traditional road course section morphs into a street circuit in anticipation of the commercial and residential development planned for Yeongam, was also moved back overnight after concerns that it might prove hazardous.

Following complaints about the blind, but still flat-out, approach to the pit entry, the drivers have been told that they can ignore the rule about remaining within the white line the marks the route to the pits, and can now cut in from the racing line to avoid the speed differential that caused the most concern. They have also been given leeway to ignore the white line on exit in order to avoid the dust that lies off-line. Usually, transgressing in this way would earn a drive-thru' penalty.

The dust proved a major headache on day one, with Lewis Hamilton, amongst others, reporting that KIC was the dirtiest circuit he had ever raced on, but the Briton should be happy with the work carried out overnight.

"When walking it [on Thursday], you could see how much work they've done over the last few weeks - even the army was here for support - and the track itself is really good to drive and very smooth, even though it's a bit bumpy at certain parts," the McLaren man reported after first practice, "It is very, very high speed, with good straights, and the race promises to be really entertaining for all the fans, [but] the kerbs [at turn 16] are not on the same level as the track. There is a step of over an inch, but I guess it looks more serious on TV than it actually is in the car."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 2, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Friday Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
The McLaren MP4-29H of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
26.11.2014.
The McLaren MP4-29H of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
26.11.2014.
The McLaren MP4-29 of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
25.11.2014.
Will Stevens (GBR) Caterham CT05 leaves the pits.
25.11.2014.
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
23.11.2014- Race, Pit lane
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Will Stevens (GBR) Caterham F1 Team
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Will Stevens (GBR) Caterham F1 Team
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


107SS2009

October 23, 2010 5:17 AM

BE came out with guns blazing on Jean Todt and Nick Craw for wanting the Korean thing not to be repeated. As I have already said, BE is unhappy with the harmony between the FIA and FOTA as he have lost the ability to divide to rule.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.