Formula One Drivers Intimidated by Large Kerb

Several Formula One Drivers have expressed discomfort at the sight of a larger-than-normal kerb introduced for the Monaco GP.

The kerb alongside the chicane leading out of the swimming pool section of the track was already an intimidating sight for Formula One driver’s in years past – the kerb stands proud, wide, and slightly larger than others on Motorsport tracks around the world. Here’s what some notable F1 drivers had to say about its new magnificent and imposing stature:

“They are quite extreme – they were quite big last year already. Last year if you hit it, it was not good definitely. This is bigger and you need to be sure you don’t take the kerb – that’s the main thing really.

I don’t mind, it’s a big kerb but if you go on it it’s your own fault and you pay for that.”

– Valtteri Bottas

TOPSHOT – Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the second practice session at the Monaco street circuit on May 25, 2017 in Monaco, three days ahead of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Bottas’ teammate, Lewis Hamilton, chimed in adding that he’s not sure why the new kerbs have been added, with Haas’ Romain Grosjean agreeing and adding his two cents:

“I don’t really know why [they’ve done it] – maybe for the Porsche [Supercup]! But the bigger yellow thing – don’t touch it when you are in an F1 car.

It looks like a taking off ramp. If you clip your front wing, it could take it [off] because you’ve made a small mistake and it will fly you straight into the wall.

Before, there was a big one [kerb] there, and taking it you were losing time anyway, so I was a bit surprised to see that.”

– Romain Grosjean

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 25: Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MCL32 on track during practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 25, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Even Force India’s softly-spoken Sergio Perez barked off remarks regarding what he feels to be an unnecessary size to the kerb:

“It is far too big. I don’t think there is a need to have such a big kerb. I think the one we had before was big enough and if you hit it, it would send you to the wall. So, I think this one will probably send you to the grandstand.”

– Sergio Perez

To further discourage drivers from taking risks here, a smaller speed bump is parallel to the track until a point three metres away from the TecPro barriers, which will force any driver that has run wide to slow down before rejoining the circuit. The kerb, meanwhile, was unavailable for comment.

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