Baku F1 circuit tweaked after kerbing issues in practice
Kerbs at turns 6 and 12 replaced by markings after cut tyres
By James Galloway in Baku
Last Updated: 27/12/16 8:36am
The FIA made minor changes to the Baku City Circuit ahead of Saturday's running after issues with kerbs during Friday practice.
Pirelli estimated bolts which had worked their way loose from kerbs cut 90 per cent of left-rear tyres during the opening session at F1's new venue.
In response, the FIA has now removed the concrete kerbing at turns six and 12, replacing it with painted red and white markings.
Drivers had also expressed concern over the pit-lane entry and the white line marking the start of the slip road has been moved further left to aid visibility down the undulating main straight.
Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg had been among the drivers to voice safety fears over the lack of run-off areas in particular around the 6km street circuit - but Lewis Hamilton claimed on Friday night that some drivers were trying to sanitise the character of circuits.
"It is really bumpy down the main straight and you can't see turn one really well, but that is part of racing," said Hamilton. "These guys wants it to be smoother than ever with no vibrations and no bumps and take all the character out of these tracks.
"I'm glad this has bumps but l guarantee there will be people saying those things. One thing for sure is that these drivers moan so much about so many things."