While there is has been much talk about the pit entry in Korea, the pit exit could prove to be one of the talking points of the race.
Cars exit from the pit lane right onto the racing line in the middle of Turn One, and drivers can’t see if anyone is coming. And even if they are, come the race it won’t matter – the driver leaving the pits will go as fast as possible and hope that anyone coming leaves room. When guys are fighting for position it could be a little hairy.
In addition the cars emerge right angles to the direction of traffic, and thus could potentially be T-boned by someone who is out of control.
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he had concerns when questioned about it by this blog.
“It is a little bit tricky in the sense that as you come out the cars that come round the corner are in your blind spot, you don’t even know that they’re there,” he said. “Of course every time I come out I’m trying to see if there’s anyone there, plus you have to kind of get straight onto the racing line. I think in the race it will be… interesting to see how everyone deals with it.
“Hopefully we won’t have any problems. You just have to go for it and hope for the best, I would say.”
Jenson Button added: “And hope he hasn’t locked up and gone wide…”
One other interesting point is that cars coming out of the pits will potentially have more momentum going into and out of Turn Two, and thus get a better run down the long straight that follows. So even if you lose out at a pit stop you might still be able to gain a position at Turn Three.