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.