New kerbs will be added at the Circuit of the Americas to prevent a repeat of Max Verstappen’s controversial move at the corner during last year’s United States Grand Prix.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting said there will be “no change of approach” in how track limits are policed but revealed more alterations are planned at tracks where track limits abuses were a problem last year.
“[At] COTA, for example, needless to say there’ll be some low kerbs in the area where Max went off. And there’ll be a couple of those bumpy kerbs, like we have at the exit of the last corner, at the exit of the first corner.”
Whiting said the FIA is “learning all the time” how to alter circuit to prevent track limits abuses. “I think we are very close to being a point where we are not concerned about a driver gaining time by going off.”
“Between ’16 and ’17 if you remember Mexico 2016 where we had Lewis [Hamilton] cutting across the first corner, well that didn’t happen at all because of the measures that we took there,” he explained.
“Everywhere we go now we really are getting closer to eliminating everything.”
The FIA is also considering how to respond to Nico Hulkenberg’s corner-cutting at the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hulkenberg overtook Sergio Perez by leaving the circuit and although he received a penalty for the move it did not remove the advantage Hulkenberg had gained.
“We had a couple of issues of course in Abu Dhabi where Nico Hulkenberg went off and it was quite clear he gained an advantage but he wouldn’t give the place back,” said Whiting. “It was actually expeditious to stay in front and take a five-second penalty. That’s another thing we need to address.”
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