The Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi has installed higher kerbs at several key corners in an attempt to stop drivers from gaining an advantage from exceeding the track limits.
As per Article 20.2 of the sporting regulations, the track is defined by the white line and kerbs do not count as part of the track, therefore two wheels must remain within the boundary at all times.
Jenson Button has welcomed the decision to install tougher kerbs at turns five, six, 12, 13, 14, 18 and 19.
Article 20.2 of the Sporting Regulations:
“Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.”
“It’s a difficult circuit to overtake on but it’s fun to drive and it’s good that they’ve put bigger kerbs in, I think,” he said on Thursday.
“Last year, if you saw the footage, we were using probably more of the circuit than we should be because there isn’t a limit in terms of a big kerb to stop you from going over the white lines. Now there are bigger kerbs, I think it’s a good thing: it keeps us all on the circuit, keeps us in the right place. Now we have to see what the kerb-ride is like because obviously it’s different to what it was last year.”
Source: The F1 Times