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.

New Formula E champ, teammate fined for ‘underwear violation’

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During this past weekend’s pair of season-ending races in New York, newly-crowned Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer were fined nearly $6,000 apiece for, well, there’s no easier way to say it than, “underwear violations.”

According to Jalopnik.com, the two drivers were fined for “wearing non-compliant” underwear during qualifying for Sunday’s second and final race of the weekend.

In addition to cash, the duo also lost two penalty points each for violating Article 30.14 of the Formula E 2017/2018 regulations.

In case you’re wondering, the violation has nothing to do with not wearing the right sponsor’s brand of jockeys or boxers.

Rather, Formula E ruled the underwear the drivers wore was a “safety issue” and that the drivers were penalized for wearing “non-compliant” underwear.

Drivers are required to wear fire- and flame-resistant outer- and under-garments while behind the wheel to help minimize the risk of being burned in the event of a crash and resulting fire.

Here’s how Formula E characterized the violation in a statement about Vergne’s penalty

“After checking the clothes, helmet and front head restraint of the driver, it was found that he was wearing non-compliant underwear pants which are not allowed by the [FIA’s] international sporting code. The driver apologized. The stewards consider that in this case the infringement occurred during group qualifying with limited cars on circuit for a short period of time.”

It’s not the first time Formula E drivers have been penalized for having on the wrong kind of drawers.

Former F-E champ Lucas di Grassi was penalized three points and nearly $10,000 in March for fire-resistant underwear that FIA officials called “too short.”

Gee, who knew that pre-qualifying “inspection” could be so personal?

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