Drivers warned over turn four run-off

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014F1 drivers have been warned not to gain an advantage by leaving the track at turn four now the kerb has been lowered.

Alterations were made to the kerb after similar incidents involving Kimi Raikkonen and Pastor Maldonado, who both hit the kerb and were bounced into the air by it during Friday practice.

A note issued by Charlie Whiting on Saturday said: “As discussed yesterday evening the additional kerb element on the exit of turn four has been removed.”

“As past experience has shown that advantages can be gained by leaving the track under certain circumstances on the exit of this corner, I would like to remind you that the regulations governing
track limits will be rigidly enforced.”

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9 comments on Drivers warned over turn four run-off

  1. frood19 (@frood19) said on 5th April 2014, 15:55

    put a gravel trap there and there’s no need to ‘rigidly enforce’ this.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 5th April 2014, 15:58

      Right across the track of the Endurance layout?

    • knoxploration said on 5th April 2014, 17:10

      Rigidly enforce having to keep two wheels inside the line on all corners at all tracks (and repaint the line, if the line is in the wrong place), and you never have to publicly call attention to this. But Whiting prefers it this way, because he gets to feel more powerful when the teams come begging to him over and over, and he can directly affect the outcomes of races.

      • sam said on 5th April 2014, 17:27

        I think charlie means no defending by going off track or pushings cars off at that spot as we have see in the past few years. There really is no speed advantage to running wide there but it can be used to keep a position. Perez and button I want to say had an incident at that spot but my memory isn’t the greatest

      • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 5th April 2014, 18:19

        But Whiting prefers it this way, because he gets to feel more powerful when the teams come begging to him over and over, and he can directly affect the outcomes of races

        Whiting doesn’t enforce track limits, the stewards do.

  2. MattW said on 6th April 2014, 5:22

    Should’ve left it there… if they didn’t want to hit it then they should’ve slowed down a bit

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