It is the moment you have all been waiting for…track limits have been set for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Three rounds of the 2021 season have come and gone, and so far we have seen results heavily influenced by how the FIA have defined the limits of the track.
It has been confirmed that track limits will be monitored at Turn 1 and the Turn 2 run-off area.
“Each time any car fails to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track, and passes either over one of the speed bumps across the run-off area or between them, it must then rejoin the track by driving to the left of the two bollards located before the entry of Turn 3,” read the statement.
“A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and failing to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards.
“Each time any driver fails to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track as described above, teams will be informed via the official messaging system.
“On the second occasion of a driver failing to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track during the race, he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards.
“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.”
Drivers will get their first taste of the redesigned Turn 10 when they visit Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix. The corner has returned close to the original hairpin configuration.
However, Lando Norris has called it “weird” and is “not so confident” that it will improve overtaking on a track which has drawn heavy criticism in recent years.
But, with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya not yet contracted beyond this season, organisers will be hoping it does the trick and convinces Formula 1 bosses to sign them up beyond 2021.