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F1 drivers facing grip puzzle with ‘painted’ Shanghai track

© XPB  Phillip van Osten 18/04/2024 at 12:5118/04/2024 at 13:11 F1 teams and drivers were thrown a curveball into their Chinese GP race preparations on Thursday when it emerged that Shanghai’s track had undergone a dramatic transformation. During their routine track walk, drivers noted that the circuit’s asphalt, normally a weathered grey, now sported a dark, almost black appearance. Adding to the surprise, pre-event notes from the FIA, contained no mention of any resurfacing work. Whispers of a last-minute paint job swirled through the paddock, with some drivers questioning the reasoning behind such a drastic change, suggesting that grip levels and tyre wear characteristics...
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