Austria’s ‘baguette’ kerbs still causing problems for teams

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Six yellow ‘baguette’ kerbs can be seen here behind Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. 

A selection of Formula 1 teams and drivers have criticized the placement of bright yellow ‘baguette’ kerbs at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring following Friday’s ninety minute practice sessions for the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix.

The kerbs were installed ahead of the 2016 race and during that weekend they were immediately met with hot opposition after breaking Max Verstappen’s suspension in FP1.

And although he didn’t do the same thing on Friday this year, the Dutchman has continued to criticize their place on the track.

“The yellow kerbs were definitely a challenge and I think maybe they are not the type of kerbs for Formula 1,” Verstappen said, “the cars just aren’t designed for it.”

The controversial kerbing described by Verstappen is currently found on the exit of turns 6, 7, 9, and 10.

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This graph shows the corners where the ‘baguette’ kerbs are situated. Turns 9 and 10 have, so far, caused the most controversy.

However, it is the installation of the baguette kerbs at Austria’s two final corners (turns 9 and 10) that has proved the most controversial.

Carlos Sainz was one driver forced to go over these particular baguettes, but his car didn’t take the impact well; Toro Rosso’s Technical Director James Key conceded after FP2 the trip had “damaged the floor and the front area around the chassis.”

Although he wasn’t majorly vociferous on the issue, Key did admit he thought the kerbs were “aggressive.”

Williams were also caught out there in FP1 as both cars ran wide over the baguettes during Friday’s session. Both Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa “suffered some damage,” according to Williams Technical Director, Paddy Lowe.

Ahead of Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, the FIA has not made any indications that they are prepared to remove the controversial kerbing.

So, tell us below, do you think the baguettes belong on the Red Bull Ring? Or should they be removed?

 

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Steven Walton is a 18 year old student currently attending St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was bought up with two older brothers and his big passions are sports (especially motorsport), people and writing.

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