The new chicane installed ahead of the final corner at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez caught out its fair share of drivers on the opening day of the A1GP event.

The revision was put in place in a bid to improve safety and provide an extra overtaking opportunity for Sunday's races, but it caught out a number of drivers in practice, outbraking themselves and opting to overshoot the chicane altogether and taking to the escape road before rejoining the track.

The chicane was cut a total of 17 times over the course of the day and, in the majority of cases, the lap times set were deleted from the official records as they were the personal best for the respective drivers. The drivers had been warned in their official briefing this morning that if any advantage was gained by cutting the chicane, a penalty was likely to be awarded.

Team USA's Jonathan Summerton, who scored his best ever A1GP result on the alternative version of the circuit last season, said the new chicane is very tough to drive.

"I managed to stay on track because I wasn't braking too late, but it is a tough complex," he said, "For me, though, [the biggest problem] is the bumps. It's hard to keep the steering wheel straight and it just bounces and jumps out of your hands.

"[The chicane] is a little too tight, especially because of the concrete patches around that area, which means it is really bumpy and is hard to get traction out of the corner."

Malaysia and Pakistan led the way in the number of mistakes at the new complex, cutting the chicane five and three times respectively, but India, New Zealand, Lebanon, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands were also guilty.

With so many times being deleted today, teams now know that there will be no leniency come qualifying and the races if the chicane is cut.

 

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