New safety measures ahead of Malaysian GP

PETALING JAYA: Stretches of new interlocking bricks will replace overgrown grass at the edges of five of the 15 turns at Sepang F1 Circuit as a move to enhance drivers’ safety for the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, scheduled for March 17-19. 

The areas that need to have the new interlocking bricks are at Turns 2, 7, 8, 9,12 and 14, FIA’s Safety Delegate and Race Director, Charlie Whiting, decided after an inspection of the circuit yesterday. 

“Except for some areas where we need to put interlocking bricks in place of the grass, Charlie said there were no problems with the track. The track is ready for the race,” said the SIC General Manager Datuk Ahmad Mustafa. 

“The grass has taken root and caused bulges at the edge of the track at these areas. This could pose danger to the drivers,” said Ahmad, adding that work on the interlocking bricks would begin immediately.  

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