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Angry Mercedes call Masi about curbs: £100,000 worth of damage

Mercedes were fairly annoyed by the yellow curbing found at the Circuit Paul Ricard during Friday practice given the amount of damage they can inflict on an F1 car.

In an attempt to encourage drivers to remain within the track limits at Turn 2, yellow curbs have been placed on the outside of the corner, though it looks as though teams, especially Mercedes, aren't happy with the move. Valtteri Bottas drove over the curbing in FP1, which resulted in damage to the front wing of his Mercedes W12 and requiring his first spare to be fitted just minutes into the session. This prompted Mercedes sporting director Ron Meadows to call race director Michael Masi, making it clear that the team aren't exactly pleased with the curbing found just beyond the red and white strips meant to keep the drivers from running wide. “They’ve done an awful lot of damage to our car," Meadows stated. "They’re awfully aggressive. Our car’s rooted because we went over them. "That’s hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage for going three feet too wide.” Masi noted the complaint, but made it clear they were also present during the 2019 French Grand Prix. “The 50 millimetre ones that we have in a lot of places, Ron, and they were actually there in 2019,” Masi responded.

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