Since the start of the weekend in Qatar, many drivers have been trapped by the vibrators of the Losail track which, at first glance, seem perfectly harmless.
From Friday during the first free practice of the Grand Prix of Qatar, it became obvious that the pilots were going to have to be very careful when climbing on these vibrators and the first victim was the Russian Nikita Mazepin who damaged his car in FP1, this which earned him a change of chassis and the inability to compete in the second free practice session in the evening: » It’s frustrating because I didn’t leave the circuit, I was within the limits of the track by the time it happened, so I think those edges are not very pleasant for all cars. »Declared the Haas pilot this Friday evening in Doha.
Mazepin was not the only victim of these vibrators since several drivers also damaged the flat bottom of their single-seater by passing over it. This was particularly the case for Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc who, this Saturday in qualifying, could not do better than thirteenth place behind the wheel of a very difficult single-seater.
Quickly, Ferrari suspected damage to the chassis of the Monegasque SF21 and the Maranello team confirmed in the evening that a chassis change was necessary after discovering a crack on the Leclerc monohull: » After checking Leclerc’s car, a crack was discovered in the chassis, probably following a passage on the vibrators during the first run of Q1. It will now have to be changed. If all the work is done within the time limits set by the sporting regulations, Charles will still start from his qualifying position. » said the Italian team this Saturday evening.
Another victim of the curbs, the Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who saw one of his tires burst during qualifying when the front wing of his car disintegrated while passing on the curb of turn 15 on his very last fast lap. The AlphaTauri driver still managed to qualify in fourth position on the starting grid, but this final incident related to the vibrators suggests that the drivers will have to be very careful this Sunday in the race, especially in the first laps with single-seaters loaded with fuel, and therefore very heavy.
The start of the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix will be given this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (Paris time) and the race will be watched live on F1only.fr.
Qatar GP starting grid
|1 – Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes|
|2 – Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|3 – Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes|
|4 – Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri|
|5 – Fernando Alonso||Alpine|
|6 – Lando Norris||Mclaren|
|7 – Carlos Sainz||Ferrari|
|8 – Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri|
|9 – Esteban Ocon||Alpine|
|10 – Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin|
|11 – Sergio Perez||Red Bull|
|12 – Lance Stroll||Aston Martin|
|13 – Charles Leclerc||Ferrari|
|14 – Daniel Ricciardo||Mclaren|
|15 – George Russell||Williams|
|16 – Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa romeo|
|17 – Nicholas Latifi||Williams|
|18 – Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa romeo|
|19 – Mick Schumacher||Haas|
|20 – Nikita Mazepin||Haas|