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Track changes ahead of Valencia race 19 Aug 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia, Spain, Friday, 22 August 2008. © Sutton Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008 leaves the pits after a pit stop alongside Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, European Grand Prix, Race, Valencia, Spain, Sunday, 24 August 2008

After successfully hosting the 2008 European Grand Prix, Valencia is preparing to welcome Formula One racing back to its shores this weekend. Ahead of the paddock’s return, track officials have revealed details of the safety changes they have made to the street circuit, following consultations with the FIA and drivers.

One of the most obvious alterations has been to the pit exit, which has been reworked to bring it to the same level as the track. As a result of this change the wall separating the two has been removed.

The kerbs on the apex of Turns Four and Five have been extended, while the trackside walls at Turns Three, Five, Nine, 10 and 14 have been moved further from the circuit.
Other minor modifications include the use of high-grip resin to seal the inner pit lane and the addition of artificial grass behind the kerbs on the exits of Turns 10 and 14.

The Formula One action at the circuit will get underway on Friday morning, with the weekend’s first practice session starting at 1000 hours local time.