Formula 1 governing body FIA has confirmed that drivers could collect a drive-through penalty for abuse of track limits in four times at Turns 4 and 11 during Hungarian Grand Prix race.
Track limits were a big talking point in the last races at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, with the FIA taking a “zero tolerance” approach to stop them being abused.
Governing body has also turned to technology to enforce the thorny topic of ‘track limits’ this weekend in Hungary.
It emerges that the F1 race director has ordered the installation of electronic sensors on the outside of corners 4 and 11 at the Hungaroring to police drivers who are edging their cars off the track for advantage.
The full notice from Charlie Whiting to the teams is as follows:
Further to the discussion in the drivers meeting yesterday evening I would like to confirm that:
a) We will be adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to cars leaving the track at turns four and 11 during qualifying. Please note that this will be judged by the use of timing loops in the kerbs and, to ensure that we see no false crossings, we would like to make it clear that the loops are set up to register a crossing when a car is approximately 20cm beyond the white line. Every lap time achieved by leaving the track will be deleted in accordance with Article 12.3.1d of the Sporting Code.
b) During the race, and in accordance with Article 27.4 of the Sporting Regulations, 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 driver-through penalty for any driver concerned.
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 driver’s total in the race.