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YEONGAM: Reigning Formula One world champion Jenson Button has expressed his concerns about the entry to the pit lane at the Yeongam circuit hosting this weekend's inaugural Korean Grand Prix.
The 30-year-old Briton, who sits in fifth place in the championship for McLaren with three races remaining, says the entry to the pit lane at the 5.621-km circuit is “scary”.
The pit lane entry is situated on the outside of the anti-clockwise track, with cars braking in the middle of Turn 18, a blind right-hand corner in a narrow section of the circuit.
“The only worry I have is the pit entry, which is a bit dangerous. It's a little bit scary,” Button said. “It's a corner when you're on full speed — 250kmph on the exit — and if someone goes into the pits, they have to lift (off the throttle) quite heavily. That's a bit of a worry, and I don't really know how we're going to get around that issue.
“It's a horrible position to be in. What can you do when there's someone right up behind you? You're not going to stay out for another lap.”
While Button took issue with the pit lane entry, his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton was less concerned. “There's not a lot of run-off area in some places, especially the last corner,” the Englishman said. “The pit entry is not really a problem. There's a bit of a bump on the way in, but otherwise, it seems to be OK.”
Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen said drivers would have to be wary of their rivals when they pit in Sunday's race. “We're all going to have to be careful around the pit lane entrance as it's a bit tight around there,” he said.
“Cars on quick laps (will have) to keep a close eye on the guys slowing down to go into the pit lane, but I'm sure we'll handle it.” — AFP
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