Norris fears ‘weird’ Turn 10 will hamper overtaking

Date published: May 6 2021 - Michelle Foster

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Reprofiling Turn 10 ahead of this year’s Spanish GP, Lando Norris is worried that the “weird corner” will make overtaking even more difficult.

The Circuit de Catalunya has not been a favourite amongst fans in recent years with the Spanish Grand Prix often failing to deliver any excitement.

Last season Lewis Hamilton took the victory, the Mercedes driver lapping everyone except the two drivers who joined him on the podium, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.

There wasn’t even a fight between those three with Hamilton 24 seconds up the road from Verstappen, who in turn crossed the line 20 seconds ahead of the second Mercedes.

Weeks later the organisers of the Barcelona event decided to make a change to the circuit, reprofiling Turn 10.

They, however, made it clear at the time that this “change will allow for an extension of the run-off area at the turn, thus increasing the safety distance, and it will also lead to a return of the origins of the layout.”

It had nothing to do with improving overtaking opportunities.

In fact McLaren driver Norris fears it will do the exact opposite.

“I don’t know what that new turn is like,” he told RaceFans.net. “I’m not so confident on that.

“It looks a bit of a weird corner. Turn 10 was probably the only overtaking opportunity apart from Turn 1 and there’s not as much of a big braking zone now.”

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Pierre Gasly would like to see the Circuit de Catalunya do away with the chicane that was installed in 2007, saying that would help.

“I think it’s better with the high speed, always,” he said. “Especially with these cars. Especially with this car.

“You feel more at the limit, you get more adrenaline and it would be nice thing to change a bit this last, low speed corner.”

Norris, though, isn’t so sure.

“I don’t know how much better or worse it would make the racing,” he said. “I’m sure they won’t be very easy corners to follow in Formula 1 cars.”

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