user icon

Kerbs installed at COTA to avoid Verstappen drama repeat

  • Published on 17 Oct 2018 14:40
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Formula 1 has installed new kerbs at the Circuit of the Americas in an attempt to tackle the drama that overshadowed the race twelve months ago. Red Bull's Max Verstappen overtook Kimi Raikkonen for third place on the last lap in 2017.

However, the overtake was deemed illegal as the onboard camera shot showed that Verstappen had placed all four wheels over the white line at Turn 17 while overtaking the Finn. He was handed a time penalty and the position was given back to Raikkonen.

Verstappen was booted from the cool-down room before the podium ceremony and was left furious as Red Bull was promised it wouldn't happen again, and penalties would be handed out after the podium following a similar incident in Mexico, 2016.

The new kerbs, which are two metres long, one metre wide and 50mm high, have been placed behind the apex kerbs at Turns 16 and 17. A new kerb has also been added at the exit of Turn 1 to deter drivers from going wide and gaining an advantage.

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • By "drama" they mean :-,(

    It was a great move, it was exciting, it was masterful, but it was also clearly illegal.

    • + 0
    • Oct 17 2018 - 18:45
    • The drama was about how it was handled, methinks. It was illegal, yes, and the penalty was fair. HOWEVER, the way it was handled was really not optimal, and this kerb will probably fix this, since it'll likely not be a viable strategy anymore. Lord knows people abused that corner.

      • + 0
      • Oct 18 2018 - 06:21

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Red Bull Racing
  • Points 1,267
  • Podiums 47
  • Grand Prix 125
  • Country NL
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (23)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), NL
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar