Various teams on the F1 grid spoke out about the “quite harsh” curbs that accompany Qatar’s Losail International Circuit.


  • Teams took to the Losail circuit for the first time on Friday for free practice of the maiden Qatar GP.
  • While track limits often proved to be an issue as well as drivers running wide at a handful of the twisty corners, teams raised concerns about the track’s curbs.
  • McLaren and Aston Martin team principals Andreas Seidl and Otmar Szafnauer commented on the matter.

What Seidl had to say:

  • “The curbs are quite harsh here. I think we have seen on several cars here in the paddock today, also on our cars, bodywork damage from running over these curbs. So definitely something we need to keep an eye on for the rest of the weekend.”

What Szafnauer had to say:

  • “Both the drivers and engineers like the track. Except for some of the aggressive curbs that seem to be damaging the cars when we hit them at excessive speeds. So we had a bit of damage in FP1, which we weren’t anticipating. And we really have to be careful so that we manage our spares correctly.”

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