Formula 1 drivers are unhappy with the alteration made to the turn one barrier at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this year’s race.
As a result, drivers who have gone off at the corner have experimented with different ways of rejoining the track. Some have turned around sharply, losing a lot of time by rejoining early in turn two. Others have rejoined the track closer to the barrier.
Esteban Ocon said he accepts the reason for the barrier’s introduction but isn’t convinced it’s a change for the better.
“I understand a little bit the safety issue that there is behind it, that if you lose the brakes, you can T-bone another car in front,” he said. “So that’s one way to see it.
“But at the moment, it makes it difficult to to rejoin to the other side of the track because it’s a very narrow angle. So things to review for next year but we and the FIA are aware of of the compromise.”
Lando Norris expects the barrier to be changed more quickly than that, saying yesterday “it shall be changing tonight from what I’ve heard, and I pray to god that it does.”
His team mate Oscar Piastri is one of the drivers who has experienced the difficulty of rejoining the circuit after going off at that point on the track.
“I had one trip through the grass myself and it was not the safest of regions, even with the best I could,” he said. “I’ve seen some of the other attempts to follow and it’s quite incredible. So I hope the wall goes.”
George Russell, who is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, is unhappy they were not consulted on the change before it was made.
“We all spoke about that last night, in hindsight we probably should have been consulted about the views on that before decisions were made and we all agreed that it’s sub-optimal.”
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