F1 drivers warned about track limits for Hungary

Red Bull, 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has warned drivers there will be no tolerance for track limit abuse this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Per Masi’s event notes issued to teams on Thursday, detection loops will be used at turns 4, 11 and 12 of the Hungaroring circuit to stop cars from gaining an advantage by going off-track.

“A laptime achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red and white kerb on the exit of Turn [4/11/12], will result in that laptime being invalidated by the stewards” his notes read.

“Each time any car passes behind the red and white exit kerb, teams will be informed via the official messaging system.

“On the third occasion of a driver cutting behind the red and white exit kerb at Turns 4, 11 and 12 during the race, he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards.

“For the avoidance of doubt this means a total of three occasions combined not three at each corner.”

“In all cases detailed above, the driver must only re-join the track when it is safe to do so and without gaining a lasting advantage.

“The above requirements will not automatically apply to any driver who is judged to have been forced off the track, each such case will be judged individually.”