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Organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix have announced a raft of changes to the circuit in an attempt to improve the safety of the track, after requests from the FIA. Safety Delegate Charlie Whiting completed a survey of the circuit after last year’s race and several tweaks have been or are being made in response.
The most important change will be in the area of track at the exit of the tunnel, where we saw Sergio Pérez suffer a huge impact in 2011. The Sauber driver hit the wrong part of the track and slid sideways into the barriers at high speed during qualifying, and he was forced to sit out the race.
It’s an accident that has occurred several times in recent history, and Monaco conducted a laser survey which found height changes and bumps of up to 20cm. They have now flattened the track surface and moved the barrier back by almost 15 metres.
The pit lane exit has also been widened to allow cars to rejoin the track at higher speeds, whilst some of the escape lanes have had their surfaces changed to allow better braking.
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