LONDON – Officials at the FIA Formula E finale in London have been forced into changing the layout of the first corner after a safety concern arose during the first free practice session on Saturday.
A number of drivers found that the bumps at the first corner of the temporary street circuit in Battersea Park were so severe that damage was being sustained to their cars, with Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio suffering a suspension failure at the corner.
The FIA moved swiftly to enact a change at the first corner to allay the safety concerns, putting a TecPro barrier in place to alter the line of the corner so that the drivers would avoid the bumps in the road.
The first corner has become incredibly tight, only allowing for drivers to move through the area in single file.
As a result, the race stewards have had no choice but to make the first corner a yellow flag zone for the remainder of the weekend.
Both of the races will also be started under the safety car to prevent any overtaking or moves at the corner that may cause an accident.
However, MotorSportsTalk understands that drivers are still not totally satisfied with the changes made at the first corner at Battersea Park, meaning that more alterations could be on the way on Saturday.