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F1 European GP: Baku City Circuit to be tweaked overnight

Drivers confirm the pit-lane entry will be extended and some kerbs removed as the Baku City Circuit experiences teething issues on its first day.
An extended pit-lane entry and the removal of kerbs will take place overnight at the Baku City Circuit following teething issues with the new street venue on its first day of F1 competition.

Azerbaijan's first F1 event – under the European Grand Prix moniker -, the Baku City Circuit has drawn attention with its high-speed nature coupled with low-speed, tight mid-section layout, a challenge that would catch most drivers out in FP1 and FP2.

Even so, despite repeated errors from drivers as they found the limit of the circuit, there was only one notable incident when Daniel Ricciardo hit the wall during FP1 at T15.

Indeed, with some drivers raising concerns about the lack of run-off in certain areas beforehand, it was problems with kerbs coming loose that ultimately proved the biggest bugbear for the FIA over the course of the day with improvements set to be made overnight.

Furthermore, in the wake of the drivers' briefing, it has been decided to remove some kerbs altogether, while the controversial high-speed pit-lane entry will be extended to prompt drivers to move over to the left earlier and not risk braking on the straight.

“The pit entry just the fact to make it a bit more visual in terms of where is the entrance to the pit lane, which will be improved,” confirmed Haas' Esteban Gutierrez. “Also the pit exit, which in my opinion is a bit narrow, there's plenty of space there to make it a bit less narrow, just a bit less of a hassle.

“Then you have a little bit of exit kerbs, entry and exit kerbs, which probably are not necessary to have them there so they are going to make some modifications for tomorrow.”
by Ollie Barstow



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