Drivers to request changes to kerbs

Formula 1 drivers are set to request changes are made to the high kerbs at the Maggotts/Becketts complex at Silverstone

Drivers to request changes to kerbs

Following their first look at the revisions made to the British Grand Prix venue since last year, a number of drivers have expressed concerns about the high bumper kerbs that have been put in place at the super-fast section of circuit.

Nico Rosberg reckons the matter would be brought up in Friday's regular drivers' briefing at Silverstone.

"I think the track overall is good," said Rosberg. "The first complex is always exciting, which is still the same.

"I like the layout a lot, and there is no particular area, but I think they have done a good job with it. The only concern is those high kerbs, which we need to discuss in the drivers' meeting.

"From my point of view there are some safety concerns with that. There are some big kerbs on the insides, big lumps - like half sausages."

Mark Webber backed up Rosberg's views that the kerbs were a bit of a concern - especially on such a high-speed corner.

"I think at Becketts there are a few larger sections behind the main kerbing, if you like, which the drivers are certainly not a fan of," he said.

"We don't feel the necessity to have this type of kerbing in high speed corners because the main aim of that kerbing is to keep us inside the circuit, for example, like Monza and Canada.

"So to have them in fifth and sixth gear corners isn't particularly necessary. We've seen here many cars in the past aquaplaning across Maggotts and Becketts out of control.

"I think Montoya had a pretty decent suspension failure here a few years ago across there, so it's best that the cars go across a smoothish surface within reason and we don't need to add any largish bumps to have a car potentially projected... it doesn't matter what, front, sideways or rearwards, you could then be at head height for a driver that's on the apex.

"I think low speed corners are fine, but it's just the fast stuff that we feel is a bit unnecessary. I think they're really for touring cars and maybe some other saloon racing here at this track. But I don't imagine that the bike guys would be particularly too keen to roll over them either."

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