Track surface causes concern at Canadian Grand Prix

Sun Jun 8, 2008 12:16pm EDT
 
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By Simon Evans

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Race organizers at the Canadian Grand Prix resurfaced the circuit's hairpin corner overnight after drivers complained of the asphalt breaking up in Saturday's qualifying.

A course spokesman said "quick setting" asphalt had been applied to turn 10 and work was seen going on elsewhere on the circuit on Sunday morning.

Ferrari's world champion Kimi Raikkonen, third fastest in qualifying, had described the track conditions as a "joke" and warned that Sunday's race could be a "nightmare."

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve authorities said in a statement that "aggressive adhesion of grooved tires, removal of traction control systems and the actual physical configuration of the hairpin corner itself could all be probable causes for this situation."

Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso told reporters that it could be difficult to complete the race if there was further damage to the surface.

"I think it is not an easy problem because the race can be much worse than qualifying, and if it is much worse it will be impossible to run," he said before the resurfacing work.

"There were some corners that were very, very on the limit and you needed to put two wheels on the grass to avoid touching the marbles (debris).

"So I think the race can be even a safety car situation if we cannot run any more," added the Spaniard.

(Editing by Alan Baldwin)