Whiting clamps down on kerb-cutting in Canada

Date published: June 9 2017

The Formula 1 drivers have been warned against cutting the chicanes ahead of this weekend’s Canadian GP.

Cutting corners has long been an issue at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve resulting in kerbs being installed at the final chicane back in 2015.

And that those kerbs remain in place this season, including the rule that anyone who runs wide has to rejoin by going around a bollard, F1 race director Charlie Whiting has expanded the rule on kerbs to include Turns 9/10.

He said: “Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 9 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element on the apex of the corner, must keep completely to the left of the orange speed bump on the exit of the corner and re-join the track at the far end of the asphalt run-off area.”

Turn 14 is another that has caught the attention of the FIA and the stewards.

Whiting added that “any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 14 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element on the apex of the corner, must keep to the left of the red and white polystyrene block and re-join the track at the far end of the asphalt run-off area.

“The above requirements will not automatically apply to any driver who is judged to have been forced off the track, each such case will be judged individually.”