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What exactly is the purpose of those red and white kerbs at Formula 1 race tracks, and how do they influence the race itself?

Not just in Formula 1, but many other types of race tracks and racing series' make use of the infamous kerbs, but they don't necessarily have just one purpose.

The racing kerb is a safety precaution amongst racing and serves the purpose of indicating to the driver where the limitations of the racetrack lies. If a driver goes off the kerb a bit too much, this could result in a time penalty.

However, in an effort to reduce the temptation of drivers taking full advantage of hitting the kerb too much in order to get a better speed advantage, some kerbs are raised and rippled, but this causes serious frustration to race teams as the damages occurred to the cars in the event that a driver gets it wrong cost millions of dollars.

Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel, WTF1, on Why Do Formula 1 Tracks Have Kerbs?

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