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Hamilton slams dangerous kerbs
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Hamilton slams dangerous kerbs

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Austrian Grand Prix pole-sitter, Lewis Hamilton was furious with the kerbs around the Red Bull Ring after  two suspension failures caused by the kerbs during qualifying. 

The controversy over the ‘dangerous’ kerbs started as early as Practice 1 when Max Verstappen ran over the “huge” kerbs, which was the first suspension causality of the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg was another driver to face trouble with suspension problems. The German driver had a rear suspension failure during Practice 3, and had a spectacular shunt, which in addition damaged the Mercedes’ race gearbox – which resulted in a 5-place grid penalty.

SPIELBERG,AUSTRIA,02.JUL.16 - MOTORSPORTS, FORMULA 1 - Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring, qualifying. Image shows the car of Nico Rosberg (GER/ Mercedes GP)

 

Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat was another causality thanks to the high kerbs, and during qualifying the Russian driver get the throttle pedal nailed when he ran onto the kerbs and had a crashed into two different walls.

Hamilton believes the FIA should quickly take action and remove the kerbs prior to tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix in a bid to avoid any possible injuries after the various crashes caused during Friday and Saturday.

“I can’t speak on behalf of all the drivers but, for me looking at it, those yellow kerbs are quite dangerous, we’ve seen a couple of incidences already,” Hamilton said.

“How many more is it going to take before a car ends up in the wall and someone gets hurt?

“[This is] something I am sure Charlie [Whiting] and the FIA are looking at, but that’s definitely an area we can improve.

“The idea is good, they don’t want us to run wide and use outside of the circuit but, perhaps, another solution is going to be needed.”

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