FIA changes kerbs at Baku's tricky Turn 8

The FIA has removed the plastic kerb at Baku's tight Turn 8, and replaced it with a less aggressive version.

FIA changes kerbs at Baku's tricky Turn 8

The change, which was made on Saturday morning prior to the F2 feature race, followed a discussion with race director Charlie Whiting in Friday evening's drivers' briefing.

Both Sergio Perez and Jolyon Palmer crashed heavily at Turn 8 in practice, and the Mexican was one of those who pushed for a less harsh solution.

Whiting formally confirmed the change in a note to teams today, saying: "The kerb on the apex of turn 8 has been shortened and the track edge re-aligned."

He added: "One additional row of TecPro barriers have been inserted on the first part or the barrier on the exit of turn 8 (not the last part)."

"The kerb is quite difficult, and it's not so easy to ride that for us," said Perez. "It's quite narrow and we asked Charlie to try to have a look to see if we can change it because we all feel that it's quite narrow and very easy to make a mistake.
 
"I think the kerb is a bit on the high side. We had a word with Charlie regarding Turn 8 and I think he'll have a look and will try to improve it for us for tomorrow."
 

 

Kerb on the of turn 8
Kerb on the turn 8

Photo by: FIA

 

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