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New Monaco kerbs dangerous, say F1 drivers

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Monte Carlo -  Top drivers set to race in this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix have expressed fears that new kerbs around the swimming pool complex section of the demanding city course could be dangerous.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who is head of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, and Mexican Sergio Perez both said on Wednesday the new kerb could cause airborne accidents.

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Sebastian Vettel goes through the Swimming Pool complex during the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix. Drivers are now saying the new kerbs in this area are too high and could be dangerous. File picture: Max Rossi / Reuters.

"It looks like a take-off ramp," said Grosjean, of the Haas team."If you clip your front wing, it could take it off because you’ve made a small mistake and it will fly you straight into the wall." 

Force India driver Perez said: "I think the one we had before was big enough and if you hit it, it will send you to the wall... So, now, I think this (new) one will probably send you to the grandstand."

The new kerbs are part of a revised layout around the swimming pool, which also includes a revision of the speed bumps that follow in the sequence of corners leading to the Rascasse hairpin.

Agence France-Presse

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