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GP Week : Issue 135
F1 NEWS >> Loose screws hamper Singapore’s kerb appeal SHORTLY before the first practice session of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend was due to get underway, the FIA announced that there were safety issues with the kerbs which needed to be rectified before the cars would be allowed on track. FP1 was delayed by half an hour – and reduced from ninety to sixty minutes – while circuit officials worked to secure or remove kerbs as appropriate. The quick fix worked for much of FP1, but minutes before the chequered flag was due to fall race director Charlie Whiting red-flagged the session while further repairs were completed. Between FP1 and FP2, the kerb at the apex of Turn 13 was removed for safety reasons, but the second practice session ran without incident. According to the paddock rumour mill, the loose kerbs were said to be the result of workers hammering in screws that didn’t fit. Extensive repairs to the track were completed overnight on Friday, and kerbs were repaired or removed at Turns 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 18. The works completed on Friday night proved to be effective, and the race itself was not affected by wobbling kerbs or loose screws. Experience F1 TM with the hotel choice of champions Hilton Hotels and Resorts exclusive partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes means you can stay in the centre of the F1 action when you book a Grand Prix weekend package. For more information or to book, please visit hiltonracing.com Click here to book now 13