Changes have been made to turn 10 at the circuit for this year’s race. The left-hander, which was previously one of the tightest corners on the track, has been opened up into a more flowing bend with a higher apex speed.
Norris said that may compromise one of the track’s few overtaking opportunities.
“I don’t know what that new turn is like,” he said. “I’m not so confident on that.
“It looks a bit of a weird corner. Turn 10 was probably the only overtaking opportunity apart from turn one and there’s not as much of a big braking zone now.”
George Russell recently told RaceFans that F1 should revert to using the previous configuration of the final two corners at the circuit, bypassing the chicane which was installed in 2007 for safety reasons. However Norris is not convinced that would make passing easier either.
“I don’t know how much better or worse it would make the racing,” he said. “I’m sure they won’t be very easy corners to follow in Formula 1 cars.”
Pierre Gasly said he would prefer to drive the track without the chicane, partly because his AlphaTauri is less competitive in low-speed corners.
“I think it’s better with the high speed, always. Especially with these cars. Especially with this car.
“You feel more at the limit, you get more adrenaline and it would be nice thing to change a bit this last, low speed corner.”
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