Formula 1 drivers have been warned that track limits will be more rigorously enforced at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Amid a recent focus on drivers running off track to potentially gain a benefit, the FIA has made it clear that it will not tolerate drivers running wide at any of the chicanes at the Yas Marina circuit to get an advantage.
In the agenda notes for Thursday’s regular team managers’ meeting, the FIA has stated that drivers must stick to using the circuit confines in their fight for position. As well as stating that any drivers who gains a benefit from using the run-off area at Turns 6, 9 or 12 (the three chicanes) will be reported to the stewards, there will also be a stricter enforcement of any breaches because of the implications for DRS use.
The FIA stated: “If two cars are in close proximity entering Turn 8 and, by cutting behind the apex of Turn 9, the leading one rejoins the track with a greater lead over the following car he will be reported to the stewards as having gained an advantage by leaving the track. This will apply whether or not the advantage gained had any influence upon the operations of the DRS by the driver in the following car.
“If two cars are in close proximity entering Turn 8 and, by cutting behind the apex of Turn 9, the following one rejoins the track within DRS detection distance of the leading car that drivers may not deploy his DRS in the following activation sector.
“Any driver seen to be using his DRS under these circumstances will be reported to the stewards as having gained an advantage by leaving the track.”