Pole slot moved to right side of track
|By Jonathan Noble||Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 12:36 GMT|
The pole position slot for the European Grand Prix has been switched to the right side of the track ahead of this weekend's first race in Valencia.
The original first slot was situated on the left hand side of the track, which was supposed to have been more favourable for the racing line into the first right hand corner.
But after observing the behaviour of cars during practice on Friday and Saturday, FIA Formula One safety delegate Charlie Whiting has announced that the pole position slot will now be moved to the right.
A statement issued shortly before qualifying said: "Having observed the line taken by cars across the grid, and in accordance with Article 36.2 (a) off the F1 Sporting Regulations, the first grid position will be removed and pole position will now be on the right hand side of the grid."
The regulation refers to the layout of the grid, stating that on new circuits the pole position side is decided by the FIA safety delegate.