Kerbing modified in Bahrain to prevent cars taking off

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The kerbing at turn four of the Bahrain International Circuit has been modified following two incidents yesterday that saw Pastor Maldonado and Kimi Raikkonen’s cars kick up into the air.

Turn four in Bahrain is a very wide corner, meaning that the optimum line actually requires the drivers to miss the apex and instead take a wide, sweeping approach. This takes the drivers out wide on exit, and usually over the kerbing whilst ensuring that they stay within track limits.

For this season, an extra element was added to this kerbing – which can be seen in orange in the video – in an attempt to deter the drivers from running wide and gaining an advantage. However, both Maldonado and Raikkonen had big impacts with the kerbing during practice on Friday, with the Lotus driver’s incident being particularly concerning as his car came down with considerable force.

“I made a little mistake in the evening session and we took quite a bit of air after jumping the kerb,” Maldonado explained. “Fortunately, not too much damage was done and we could continue the session.”

Now, the decision has been taken by the officials in Bahrain to remove the extra part of the kerb after a meeting with the drivers on Saturday night. However, the FIA will be paying close attention to drivers who do put all four wheels outside of the track limits and gain an advantage.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”