The FIA has warned the Formula 1 drivers that it will take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to anyone exceeding track limits exiting the Silverstone Circuit’s Copse corner for the remainder of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The high-speed right-hander, which used to be the circuit’s first corner in the pre-Arena layout, features a wide run-off area where drivers can gain an advantage by running wide over the kerbs at the corner’s exit.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting has, however, warned the field in the Friday night drivers’ briefing that any abuse of the track limits at that corner would not be tolerated.
“We will be adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to cars leaving the track on the exit of Turn 9 during qualifying,” he wrote in a note published to all teams on Saturday morning.
“Unless we are satisfied that a driver left the track at this point for reasons beyond his control, having been forced off the track for example, every lap time achieved by leaving the track will be deleted.”
Whiting added that its approach would continue into the race.
“During the race, any driver who appears to have gained a clear and lasting advantage by leaving the track at Turn 9, or who repeatedly leaves the track at this corner, will be reported to the stewards.”
Last year’s race featured a tense debate over track limits, after a closely-fought battle between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel where each accused the other of not respecting the track limits.
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