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Horner: Kerb damage cost us 250,000

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28/06/2019

Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner claims that damage incurred on the kerbs in FP1 this morning has cost his team 250,000.

While Renault's Nico Hulkenberg suffered the most damage, ripping off the entire left section of his front wing and necessitating the session to be red flagged, very few of his rivals failed to run over the Red Bull Ring's notorious 'sausage' kerbs at one stage or another, including world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Both Red Bull drivers had their moments, and speaking after the session team boss, Christian Horner, revealed that three front wings had been damaged over the course of the ninety minutes.

"It’s been a bit of a challenge," he told Sky Sports. "We’ve got through about three front wings so far, probably about 250,000 worth of damage.

"We’re not alone in that," he continued. "There is I’m sure, going to be a debate about the angle of these yellow triangles and the way they are."

"They know they’re there," he said of the kerbs, which he believes 'invite' the drivers to stray. "It needs something either more substantial that is a real deterrent because the invitation is there for the drivers to try to use it."

Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff also expressed unease at the kerbs.

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1. Posted by ian_w, 29/06/2019 10:11

"Horner kind of has a point, but did not make it well. The sausage curbs are there to enforce track limits. Those who do not stray suffer no harm. Those who do stray, in particular in race conditions should suffer with a loss of time, not a loss of the vehicle. Destroying significant portions of a vehicle is not a appropriate consequence. Artificial grass and gravel traps have merit. Of course, the FIA could have also introduced regs that did NOT have 2m wide front wings that sit closer to the ground than the height of the curbs!"

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2. Posted by Pete, 28/06/2019 21:38

"Time lost by not driving over the large curbs, 0.05 seconds. Time lost having to pit and get a new front wing, 30 seconds, any questions?"

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3. Posted by Jezzer, 28/06/2019 16:07

"Am I missing something here......surely if going over the curbs damages the car you avoid going over the curbs. If I touch a live electric cable and get a shock I will not touch the cable again..... or should I ask the electricity company to take the electricity away?
Is being a complete idiot a prerequisite for joining Red Bull or are they just unlucky that they have so very many of them in the team! "

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4. Posted by BritishBruce, 28/06/2019 12:36

"Where I am involved with racing there are rules regarding "track limits". I notice not all teams are affected......."

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5. Posted by nonickname, 28/06/2019 12:25

"What is he on about this time.
The curbs are there to demarcate the outside of the track!!
Drivers going over the curbs should pay for the damage themselves. This is just another team manager who can't get his stories straight. Does he want them to move the walls,or perhaps the ocean at Monaco?
Idiot"

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