The issue of track limits has been an element of two key moments in the last two grands prix after Sebastian Vettel’s controversial penalty in Canada and Daniel Ricciardo’s pair of penalties in France.
“I always say Paul Ricard, I love it, it’s my home race. Two metres of grass on each side of the white line, track limits, it can become the best track in the world.
“But just because there’s so much run-off, who gives a damn about going straight.”
In many cases, extra run-off and certain kerb profiling has been done because circuits host MotoGP as well as F1.
Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen said: “It hasn’t changed an awful lot from the first times I was here.
“The first corner has changed a bit and the run-off areas, but I mean a lot of things have been done because of MotoGP and I understand why. It’s already dangerous and when they hit the grass patch it’s game over.”
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At the end of the kerbs at Turn 3 at the top of the hill and beginning of the kerb at the Turn 4 right-hander, the concrete has been extended.
The same has been done at at the start of the kerbs at Turn 7 (the fast left-hander in the middle of the lap) and Turn 9 (the penultimate corner).
In addition, the run-off at Turn 4 has been reconfigured and extended, and the concrete is also extended on the left and right kerbs at Turn 8.
“Asphalt run-offs have a justification,” he said. “Am I a fan of asphalt run-offs? No. The increase this year here is not relevant. I went around the track and it’s not like now it gives you plenty of new opportunity to go off or go wide.
“With the asphalt run-offs there’s certain difficulties, hence why I think around here we see these yellow speed bumps and quite violent kerbs.
“It’s not the ideal solution but it seemed to work last year. It’s a compromise that we unfortunately have to live with.”
Additional reporting by Adam Cooper