FIA adds 'three strikes' rule for race in further track limits clampdown

The FIA has introduced a 'three strikes' rule in the Hungarian Grand Prix race for drivers abusing track limits, as it continues its clampdown.

FIA adds 'three strikes' rule for race in further track limits clampdown
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-16
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16

As Motorsport.com reported yesterday, motor racing's governing body has already told drivers that there will be a zero tolerance approach to the matter in qualifying.

In a subsequent note sent to teams on Saturday morning, the FIA said any driver judged to have gone wide at Turns 4 and Turns 11 in qualifying will have their times deleted.

"Please not 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," it said.

Race procedure

While track limits have previously only been informed strictly in qualifying, at the Hungaroring drivers will not be allowed to abuse the run-off areas in the race either.

The FIA has said any driver that runs wide three times will be shown a warning flag, and a further infringements could lead to a drive-through penalty.

The team note said: "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 drive-through penalty for any driver concerned."

The FIA has said that any driver that leaves the track for reasons beyond his control – such as having been forced off by a rival – will not be punished.

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