Motor racing: Baku F1 circuit makes changes to kerbs and pitlane

Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:49am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BAKU (Reuters) - Track workers labored through the night to make changes to the Baku street circuit, which hosts Azerbaijan's first Formula One race on Sunday, after problems with kerb plates lifting in practice.

Race director Charlie Whiting told Reuters on Saturday that the white lines marking the pit lane entry and exit had also been repainted to improve safety.

"Just the lines, that's all, to keep the drivers slightly further left so that there's no misunderstanding if two cars are following and the front one wants to come in," he said of the entry.

"The idea is that it should be slightly clearer to the driver behind that the car is coming in to the pits."

Some drivers had expressed concern about the pit lane approach, which enters a chicane after leaving the long main straight and then continues before reaching the point where the speed limiter comes into force.

Whiting said there had been no change in the point at which drivers had to slow.

The kerb plates, which are bolted to concrete inserts into the asphalt, were removed at turns six and 12 and replaced by painted areas that looked like kerbs.

"We decided to do that rather than try and monitor the kerbs," said Whiting, who said the fixings were the same type that Formula One had used without problem in Mexico and Singapore.   Continued...