During Friday’s practice, the self-proclaimed “F1’s fastest road circuit” highlighted a concern that threatened to pose a significant problem in qualifying.
On-board footage from one of Lewis Hamilton’s laps showed the Mercedes driver standing behind slower cars waiting to prepare for their own fast lap in the final section of the 27-turn, 6.1km circuit, with frightening closing speeds.
After practice, Hamilton said the track was “fast!” Incredibly fast! »But immediately expressed his concerns by adding; “The speed of the closing difference definitely becomes a danger zone. “
The matter was discussed between the 20 pilots and Masi during Friday’s briefing, leading to the following change in the event notes.
The relevant section reads: “Any driver intending to create a gap in front of him in order to achieve a clear lap should not attempt to do so between Turn 23 and Turn 25.
“Any driver who has done this will be reported to the stewards as being in violation of article 27.4 of the Sporting Regulations. “
This specific article states: “At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically, or in a manner that could be viewed as potentially dangerous to other drivers or anyone else.