Formula 1 drivers have been given new guidance on how they may perform practice starts at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton was penalised during last year’s race.Sochi Autodrom during his pre-race reconnaissance laps.
The stewards ruled he had “performed the practice start in the incorrect place”. He was originally give two penalty points for the infringement, but these were later cancelled, and the team given a €25,000 fine instead.
The guidance given to drivers on practice starts has been revised ahead of this weekend’s race. They have been advised practice starts can only be performed “immediately” after the pit lane exit lights on the right-hand side.
A further note adds: “For reasons of safety and sporting equity, at any time the pit exit is open and when practice starts are permitted to be carried out, any car who wishes to perform a practice start must form up in a line and leave in the order they got there unless another car is unduly delayed.”
Drivers were given similarly specific instructions on practice starts for last year’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring which immediately followed the race in Russia.
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