The drivers do not like the configuration of the pit lane exit on the Portimão circuit, as they informed Michael Masi, FIA Race Director.
The distance between the end of the pit lane and the end of the white line, which riders must not cross when returning to the track, is too short, and the 1st turn is very close. Racers are worried that in the course of the Portuguese Grand Prix there may be acute situations.
Although the race organizers tried to slightly change the configuration of the exit from the pit lane, it became not much better.
Yesterday we cited the opinion of Renault driver Esteban Okon: “As for the exit from the pit lane, the line was slightly moved – it became more convenient, but it is still very narrow. If you are fighting with an opponent, and at that moment someone leaves the pit lane, then it will be difficult to maintain the position, ”said Esteban Ocon.
Daniel Riccardo agrees with his partner: “Let’s just say that a partial solution has been found, but this is not the best exit from the pit lane. And if you leave the pits during qualification or training, I think you should miss a car that is on a fast lap – this rider should have the right of priority. But in the race, any technique is permissible. “
The pilot of Red Bull Racing Alex Albon said that this exit is simply dangerous: “Everything possible has been done to move this part of the line, limiting the exit from the pit lane, but there is still incredibly cramped. I understand why they did this, because if you enter the 1st turn too aggressively, and he is blind, you do not want to crash into a car leaving the track. I foresee serious difficulties. I think that rather dangerous situations will arise there ”.