Bumps have long been a problem at COTA as the situation has been exacerbated by the instability of the land on which the circuit is being built and the heavy rains and floods that affected the F1 weekend in 2015.
Waviness was a source of concern at the final F1 event of 2019, where surface polishing was done again after practice on Friday evening and after qualifying on Saturday.
Then, during the winter of 2019-20, several regions resurfaced.
COTA boss Bobby Epstein told Motorsport.com before working: We say we have to do everything.
“Sure, it includes the entire back straight, the pit out, and part of turn 1, and there’s a part of the hump before turn 9, turn 18-19. So it’s pretty extensive. I’m what the bill is. I know there is! “
Despite that effort, bumps remained a problem at the recent MotoGP event, where riders complained throughout the weekend, and an ultimatum was issued stating that they would not return to the venue next year without the long-awaited safety work. rice field.
Motorsport.com understands that the latest truck work was done without expert supervision. In other words, the work was not done correctly.
MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo called the surface a “joke,” and riders confirmed that the circuit would resurface from turn 2 to turn 11. This was the minimum requirement I felt needed to race again at COTA in 2022.
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F1 Race Director Michael Masi said he was in close contact with FIM, the governing body of MotoGP, to gather accurate information about the areas highlighted by motorcycle rivals.
The FIA was then replaced by the experienced US racing official Tony Cotman, who oversaw the design of several IndyCar circuits.
“I was calling my FIM colleagues all weekend to really understand the whole situation while they were in Austin,” Mashi said.
“And what we actually did is that since the 2019 F1 event, most of the circuit has resurfaced to address some of the problems we saw in 2019.
“The area pulled up by the bike is different from the area that resurfaced, and Tony Cotman, one of the FIA Platinum Circuit Inspectors, already went to Austin that week to write a report.
“And the circuit is making some changes to address some concerns.”
“They will grind some bumps and so on. But we have time to do it. So they will do what they can in the time frame.”
On their final visit to F1 in 2019, some claimed that drivers had mixed views of bumps and added them to the challenge.
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