The FIA will enforce a zero tolerance approach policy to drivers abusing track limits this weekend at the British Grand Prix.
The nature of the high-speed circuit and the run-off areas certain corners provide allow drivers to take more risks without being penalised, and can potentially gain an advantage by putting all four tyres outside of the white lines to gain a better exit from the corners.
Copse, Stowe and Club corners will be monitored closely by the FIA, as F1 race director Charlie Whiting issued a notice out to teams saying that any driver abusing limits at these corners will have their lap time deleted.
“Further to the discussion in the drivers meeting yesterday evening I would like to confirm that we will again be adopting a “zero tolerance” approach to cars leaving the track at turns 9, 15 and 18 during qualifying,” a note from the FIA said.
“Unless 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, every lap time achieved by leaving the track will be deleted in accordance with Article 12.3.1.d of the Sporting Code.”
In the race, drivers will only be allowed to run off the track if they had no other option and don’t gain an advantage by doing so.
“During the race, and in accordance with Article 27.4 of the Sporting Regulations, any driver who is judged to have gained a clear and lasting advantage by leaving the track will be reported to the stewards,” Whiting said.
“Similarly, under the same Article, any driver who repeatedly leaves the track will be reported to the stewards for not having made every reasonable effort to use the track.”
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