Formula 1 usually seems immune to the quirks and issues that can bedevil temporary street circuits in other series, but on Friday in Singapore some of those practicalities intruded, as opening practice was truncated by issues with the kerbing.
Practice was delayed due to loose kerbing © sutton-images.com
The kerbs at Turns 3 and 14 worked loose during support race sessions, leading to a half-hour delay while the kerbs were removed totally before the F1 action could begin, leaving drivers to use their common sense when it came to avoiding walls.
A similar problem developed at Turn 7 in the closing minutes, though this time it was dealt with via a five-minute red flag while track workers very efficiently removed the offending kerb sections.
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