Formula One drivers have been warned not to abuse track limits at the exit of Copse, Stowe and Club or risk having their lap times deleted.
Silverstone has added new strips of artificial grass at the run-off of the three corners – turns 9, 15 and 18 – but drivers have continued to stray beyond track limits.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting issued the following note to teams on Saturday:
“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.”
“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.”
“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. 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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