Hamilton concerned about ‘tricky’ pit exit

Cars leaving the pits go straight onto the racing line at Turn One...

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.


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6 responses to “Hamilton concerned about ‘tricky’ pit exit

  1. Ronmon

    You have to wonder what Tilke was thinking when he designed the pit entry and exit here. Most of his tracks are boring, but usually quite safe. This one is in the middle of a swamp, with little in the way to constrain the layout.

    The “concrete canyon” leading to pit entry looks like something you would see on a street course, like Valencia, and I just don’t see the need for it. Looking at the picture in this article, “T-bone” was the first thought to enter my mind. Traffic is coming on at full song, and a lock-up or brake failure could end tragically.

    • tko

      Fully agree. The pit is on the wrong side of the track! I can’t recall a pit being not being part of the infield before now, and this is clearly the source of both problems. When it comes to safety, one needs to be critical of the designer.

  2. kaoru

    Remember 1998 Canada.
    Micheal might do that again!

  3. Leo Sayer

    Okay, I don’t want to be a party pooper and think they’ve done a good job in the time allowed, but there has never been a single race here before this GP. It strikes me as pretty unfair on all the other tracks that’ve had to go through such rigorous checks and procedures pre licensing, and have to stage events in lesser formulae before they were deemed ‘ready’ for a GP. The track looks pretty marginal on safety in many respects. What the hell were they thinking of putting in walls on fast corner exits when there’s all that amount of trackspace available? I’m not sure what to expect tomorrow, but it’ll be pretty mad – and lets hope no-one gets hurt in this.

    • Albert

      I agree with Leo.

      But the clue to what they were thinking was $$$. Samsung has money to spend in F1 (as do other Asian interests) and $$=what we see at this venue.

  4. Paul Ebbens

    I’m wondering where the Safety Car Line is on that exit…

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