“Aggressive” new restrictions on Abu Dhabi F1 observe revised in a single day


The exhaust restrictions at two newly-revamped corners, Turns 5 and 9, have been modified following suggestions from drivers, groups and tire provider Pirelli.

The sharp peaks of the second row of double curbs at the moment are rounded at each corners, making them much less aggressive.

The restrictions have been mentioned at Friday night time’s FIA drivers’ briefing, with members suggesting they need to be modified to allow them to be used extra.

Groups have been extra involved about potential automobile injury within the wake of the incidents in Qatar, the place a number of automobiles suffered through the weekend, and Nikita Mazepin’s chassis was broken past instant restore.

4 drivers additionally suffered tire failures within the Qatar race, which Pirelli later decided was the results of tire weariness and over-weakness on the fixed curb.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, headed for retirement with a puncture in Qatar

Picture by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Pictures

After Friday’s first observe session in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola expressed the corporate’s considerations to the FIA.

“They’re very related [to Qatar]”They are not the identical in any respect,” Isola stated. “Particularly they’re fairly aggressive when exiting Flip 5 and Flip 9.

“They’re probably the most aggressive. From Turns 1 to 4 they’re the identical as final 12 months, after which we go to particular person curbs 12, 13, 14, 15.

“The exit of Flip 16 is similar as final 12 months. So now we have variations, and they’re extra aggressive than this 12 months.

“The corners have totally different curbs on the prime as effectively, however clearly the highest is totally different. First, as a result of you’ve unloaded tires on the automobile which can be on prime.

“And second as a result of the drivers can handle to not transfer very a lot on the prime, whereas I am extra involved about getting out, particularly in Turns 5 and 9, that are probably the most aggressive.

“We have seen from free observe in each F2 and F1 that they’re particularly operating on the curb and exit of Flip 9, which can also be the very best pace flip.

“And I am certain they will use the curb in qualifying and possibly even within the race in the event that they push through the race. So that is the aspect now we have to contemplate.”



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