The increasing advent of huge expanses of tarmac run-off areas has tempted today’s drivers to sometimes make cornering around Grand Prix circuits something of an exercise in creativity.
That came to a stop on Saturday, with the FIA finally putting its foot down, insisting that anyone who ran wide at the exit of Silverstone’s Copse corner would have that qualifying lap time deleted.
No less than eleven drivers – more than half of the 20-driver field – fell foul of the new track limits rule in qualifying, with Pastor Maldonado the only driver to be dinged twice.
|2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix – Qualifying Times Deleted by the FIA|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time of Offence||Lap Time Deleted|
|Nico Hülkenberg||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B||13:04:22||1:35.213|
|Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T||13:07:11||1:34.978|
|Max Verstappen||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10||13:09:27||1:35.080|
|Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||13:14:31||1:35.463|
|Daniil Kvyat||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11||13:15:12||1:34.314|
|Roberto Merhi||Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B||13:18:54||1:37.956|
|Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||13:32:18||1:34.703|
|Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T||13:36:06||1:34.036|
|Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||13:40:49||1:34.289|
|Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B||13:40:59||1:34.084|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11||14:00:21||1:33.563|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10||14:01:26||1:33.681|
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