F1 drivers warned laps deleted for Belgian GP track limits abuse

Formula 1

Formula 1 drivers have been told that practice and qualifying times will be deleted if they are found to have abused track limits at the Belgian Grand Prix’s Raidillon corner.

It comes as part of a continuing trend of the FIA clamping down on drivers trying to take a straightline approach at the top of Eau Rouge, leading to a detection loop being installed to help police track limits.

The evolution of Eau Rouge

Ahead of the Belgian GP, F1 race director Michael Masi issued revised event notes that confirmed that lap times in practice, as well as qualifying, would now be erased.

Masi wrote: “A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the apex of Turn 4, as judged by the detection loop in this location, will be invalidated by the stewards.

“On the third occasion of a driver cutting behind the apex of Turn 4 during the race, he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards.

“Each time any car cuts behind the apex, teams will be informed via the official messaging system.”

The only circumstance under which a driver will not be punished is if the FIA judges that he was forced off the track, but this will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Masi’s revised event notes also eased off on an original plan to punish any driver who crossed the red/white/green chevrons that separate the pit entry and the track.

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