The FIA has issued a statement regarding the limits of the track ahead of qualifying and the race for the Hungarian Grand Prix. 

Prior to the commencement of the weekend, the FIA noted that they would be enforcing track limits via an  electronic sensor at Turns 4 and 11, however, they’ve further clamped down on the rules following yesterday’s practice sessions.

In a note to the teams, the FIA stated that they will be adopting a “zero tolerance” policy to cars leaving the track a Turn 4 and Turn 11 during qualifying and that every lap time achieved by leaving the track will be deleted.

During the race, a driver will be allowed three strikes breaching track limits at which point they will be shown the black and white flag for unsportsmanlike behaviour. If a driver exceeds track limits again a drive-through penalty will most likely occur as a result.

“Any driver who is judged to have left the track three times at these corners (when counted cumulatively) will be shown a black and white flag, one further crossing will result in a report being made to the Stewards for not having made every reasonable effort to use the track. As discussed, this is likely to result in a drive-through penalty for any driver concerned,” the FIA’s note to the teams read.

“However, if we are satisfied that a driver left the track at these points for reasons beyond his control, having been forced off the track for example, lap times will not be deleted during qualifying nor will such a crossing be counted towards a drivers total in the race.”

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