Kerb issue forces GP2 qualifying postponement

Problems with kerbs at the new Baku Formula 1 circuit forced GP2 qualifying to be postponed on Friday.

Kerb issue forces GP2 qualifying postponement
Kerb repairs
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Pierre Gasly, PREMA, Racing
Sean Gelael, Pertamina Campos Racing
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The 30-minute session to decide the grid for Saturday’s feature race was red-flagged after just one minute when the FIA asked for a track inspection.

It is understood that, in the wake of some damage being detected on the tyres of F1 cars after the first free practice session, F1 race director Charlie Whiting wanted to take a closer inspection of the kerbs around the track.

Whiting was seen closely inspecting with track officials the kerbs at various corners – and was paying particular close attention to the gaps between the sections.

Due to Baku being a street circuit, the kerbs are temporary and are bolted down.

With track officials being called in to make repairs to the kerbs, the decision was made to not restart the session – and instead reschedule it for after F1’s second free practice session.

F1’s first practice run had passed with relatively little incident, with the only red flag coming out when Daniel Ricciardo crashed at the tricky Turn 15.

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