Kerb shortened at Turn 8 after incidents
24 June 2017 – Modifications have been made at and around Turn 8 of the Baku City Circuit after incidents during Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Sergio Pérez was the corner's first victim, in FP1, as he bounced over the inside kerb and slammed into the outside wall, causing extensive damage to his car.
In FP2, Jolyon Palmer suffered a similar crash, though the Renault driver was also hindered by a heavy lock-up, prior to running over the kerb.
Ahead of FP3, it was decided that the kerb would be shortened, while the track edge has been tweaked, and extra barriers installed.
"The kerb on the apex of Turn 8 has been shortened and the track edge re-aligned," read an addition to Race Director Charlie Whiting's event notes.
"One additional row of TecPro barriers have been inserted on the first part of the barrier on the exit of Turn 8 (not the last part)."