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Whiting to watch pit entry

Charlie Whiting to keep a watchful eye on the new Silverstone pits during British GP weekend
FIA race director Charlie Whiting says he will keep a watchful eye on the new pit entry at Silverstone this weekend to ensure drivers don't try to gain an advantage in the pits.

The 2011 British Grand Prix will be the first to make use of the new Silverstone Wing complex, with the pits and paddock moving from its old location to the straight between Club and Abbey.

The new pit entry will now be located at Vale which could mean drivers are able to cross the start/finish line quicker than if they stayed on track to complete a lap – something Whiting said he was need to keep an eye on.

“The new pits are the biggest difference, and the entry and exit bring new challenges,” he said. “The entry is shorter than staying on the circuit, so we will have to ensure that drivers don't use these changes to the pits to their advantage.

“As for the exit, this is now quite a steep uphill into an extremely fast corner, so it's certainly going to be different. It's going to be quite significant in terms of strategy as there's not too much cost in changing tyres.”



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Homer - Unregistered

July 07, 2011 6:10 PM

This does not really make sense to me, does he think drivers will be simply heading into the pits for no reason at all? If it really is that much faster to pit, change tires, and get out on track again, then in my opinion something is wrong with the layout.



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