Formula One: Hamilton wants action on 'dangerous' kerbs

Lewis Hamilton drives during the qualifying session in Austria.
Lewis Hamilton drives during the qualifying session in Austria.PHOTO: AFP

SPIELBERG, Austria (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton wants to see action taken to revise the controversial new "baguette" kerbs that have caused a series of suspension failures in practice and qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The pole-sitting Briton, who claimed his 54th pole for Sunday's race, said organisers needed to find another solution to the problem of drivers running wide and off-circuit.

"I can't speak on behalf of all the drivers," said Hamilton. "But, for me, looking at it, those yellow kerbs are quite dangerous.

"We've seen a couple of incidents already - how many more is it going to take before a car ends up in the wall and someone gets hurt?"

The defending three-time world champion, who trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 24 points in this year's title race, added: "I'm sure it's something that Charlie Whiting (safety director) and the FIA are looking at.

"But it's definitely an area in which we can improve. The idea is good. They don't want us to run wide and use outside of the circuit. But perhaps we need another solution."

Three drivers suffered broken suspensions on Saturday after riding the new kerbs.

 

Hamilton added that he feared Ferrari, having switched to super-soft tyres in Q2, would start the race with a tactical advantage.

"I think the ultra-soft is not a good tyre for the race, so it will be a struggle to get laps out of it - it's going to be interesting.

"I hope I have an advantage at the start from being on the softer tyre, but in practice those tyres only lasted four laps - Nico says five, but it will definitely be tricky.

"It's going to be tough tomorrow (Sunday) but we don't know what the temperatures will be.

"For sure, in the heat, it is tough for us but maybe it will be colder and better... We just don't know."