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Kerb trouble puts Baku F1 debut under cloud

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Kerb trouble puts Baku F1 debut under cloud

Kerb trouble puts Baku F1 debut under cloud

Baku’s inaugural grand prix is under a cloud due to a worrying problem with kerbs at the brand new street circuit.

GP2 qualifying was postponed on Friday, with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reporting that 90 per cent of the F1 cars in opening practice suffered damage to their tyres.

With the subsequent GP2 session red-flagged, Charlie Whiting and his delegation inspected the kerbs and found them loose and with sharp edges.

“Some small bolts had come loose at the end of the kerbs on turns six and 12, so we’ve taken the bolts out and welded the kerbs to each other,” Whiting told Sky Sports.

“Everything’s new, they’ve done the best they could and we just needed to do a bit of fixing.”

At the unprecedentedly-fast, wall-lined street track with small run-off zones, the risk of failing tyres is a major problem.

“I got my puncture on the lap Ricciardo crashed,” said Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

“When I wanted to get back on track they told me the left rear tyre was damaged and we had no more,” added the Brazilian.

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