Leclerc likes new turn eight curb in Baku

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 03: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 03, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

The curb placed in Turn 8 in Baku has been modified, and Charles Leclerc likes that, saying that there will be faster lap times.

During the 2019 qualifying session in Baku, Charles was on his flying lap to grab pole position, but he crashed into the wall at Turn 8. There, there was a high curb that unsettled the car. That caused many incidents in the narrow session of the track.

For the 2021 race, Formula One got rid of that high curb and substituted it with a lower one. Leclerc likes the new modified curb even though he does not think that it was the cause of his qualifying crash two years ago.

“It’s the same for everyone,” he said. “I don’t think it was the reason for the crash. I locked up the front-right on my crash and went into the wall mostly because of this. I don’t think it would have changed much for me whether there was the curb or not.”

“I think it will be quite a bit quicker there because the car will be jumping a lot less and seeing how straight it is, it’s going to be quite nice so I’m looking forward to that part.”

Unlike Leclerc, not all the drivers went on the track to see the new changes. One of them is Max Verstappen.

“I can’t be arsed to walk. I have a few more minutes in bed, and if I want to know the track, I’ll drive my out-lap a bit slower and look around.”

“I’ll just brake few meters earlier on the first lap,” Verstappen continued. “Everyone, of course, has a different approach. At one point I was like, I just can’t be arsed to walk anymore to see it. I know the track is going left or right at one point. You have your margins in FP1 or whatever, so you try out the laps you do, and you will see where you have to go.”

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