The FIA has advised drivers that any change of direction or moving under braking will likely result in a penalty.
Following numerous complaints over the year that certain drivers’ defensive maneuvers were too aggressive and dangerous, the FIA issued teams with a notice of intent to punish drivers who change their direction under braking while defending their position.
The note issued to the teams read: “Article 27.5 of the Sporting Regulations states that ‘…no car may be driven…in a manner which could be potentially dangerous to other drivers…’, furthermore, Article 27.8 prohibits any maneuver ‘…liable to hinder other drivers, such as…any abnormal change of direction’.
“With this in mind, and with the exception of any move permitted by Article 27.6, any change of direction under braking which results in another driver having to take evasive action will be considered abnormal and hence potentially dangerous to other drivers. Any such move will be reported to the stewards.”
If a driver is deemed to have breached the rule during the race, they can face a time penalty or even the possibility of a race disqualification.
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