The FIA has made a second change to the pit lane entry rules for this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Baku City Circuit has been called one of the most dangerous locations on the F1 calendar. F1 cars reach speeds of well over 300kph as they reach the pit lane entrance.
Drivers cross a dashed white line as they enter the pits. FIA F1 race director Niels Wittich issued a rules clarification yesterday starting that “for safety reasons, any driver continuing on the track may not cross that line in any direction.”
In a further update issued ahead of final practice on Saturday morning, Wittich added a further note regarding the solid white line which leads up to the pit lane entrance.
“Any car with all four wheels to the left of the solid white must enter the pit lane, if in the opinion of the stewards, the driver has committed to entering the pit lane, except in cases of force majeure accepted as such by the stewards,” he stated.
Another dashed line precedes this solid white line, which drivers are allowed to cross.
During F1’s first race at the track in 2016 Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was given a five-second time penalty for crossing the solid white line approaching the pits.
F1’s regulations regarding pit lane entrances can vary from track to track due to differences in their configurations. The rule being used in Baku differs from that seen in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix earlier this year.
During that race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit Max Verstappen complained Charles Leclerc has crossed part of the pit lane entrance line while defending his position. However the drivers’ guidance for the race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit stated only that “drivers must keep to the left of the of the solid white line immediately prior to the
pit entry when they are entering the pits.”
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