SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX weekend has been filled with controversy thus far.
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Lando Norris is in agreeance with F1 world champion Max Verstappen’s requires the Jeddah Corniche Circuit to be modified following a worrying day of crashes on Saturday. Each F1 and F2 drivers suffered nasty collisions on a weekend already wrapped in controversy earlier than the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will get underway.
After two crashes within the F2 dash race, F1 qualifying was additionally disrupted, first by Nicholas Lafiti’s high-speed crash into the barrier. However the worst was but to come back as Mick Schumacher span off the kerb on Flip 12 while driving at 170mph downhill and smashed into obstacles on both facet of the monitor, virtually splitting his Haas in half.
After qualifying, by which he secured P4 for Sunday’s race, Verstappen blasted the present monitor as ‘very harmful’ and questioned why it is flat-out design is not completely straight, somewhat than windy. He mentioned: “Final yr for me, personally, I used to be proud of how we went by the weekend when it comes to crashes.
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Lando Norris agrees with Max Verstappen. (Picture: GETTY)
“In some locations, if you happen to lose the automobile like at present with Mick and also you go flat out into the wall, this can be very painful and really, very harmful. Not solely that, the straights aren’t completely straight as a result of they’re all a bit blind. I do not perceive why that you must design the monitor [like this]. If it should be flat out, simply design it straight. It is simply safer for everybody.”
And Norris could not agree extra, admitting his concern over the monitor’s design forward of Sunday’s 50-lap GP. The McLaren ace has known as on F1 to change the ‘aggressive’ kerbs in Jeddah, which have been made even more durable to navigate round by the up to date automobiles for the 2022 season.
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Sergio Perez begins the Saudi GP on pole. (Picture: EXPRESS)
“[It worries me] somewhat bit,” Norris advised reporters. “I feel, with this period of automobiles, with how you need to run them and the way they’re designed, some kerbs all year long would possibly want to alter, and I feel this kerb is one among them. I feel it was very evident from [the] Method 2 [race], as a result of [in] Method 2 you need to run the automobiles very low as nicely.”
He continued: “I feel there have been two crashes [in F2], and Cem [Bolukbasi] was in hospital [afterwards]. So I feel, simply with a majority of these automobiles, you may’t have such an aggressive kerb at such a velocity that we’re working at, and the factor that makes it worse is the way it’s angled to come back again after which curves round. You simply get it somewhat bit unsuitable, and it may be an enormous incident like we noticed.”