Track restrictions have been a tiresome subject throughout the Formula 1 weekend at Spielberg. Including the help collection (Formula 2 and Formula 3), 368 violations of the track limit have been calculated at the Red Bull Ring over three days. Only in the first grade, 88 violations occurred.
Formula 1 drivers introduced the subject and particularly the strict interpretation of race administration guidelines to the warmth. “Looking at the track restrictions, I believe the entire dialogue this weekend was a joke,” complained Max Verstappen.
Road Limits: A tough line from race management
Unlike his predecessor, race director Michael Masi, who generally nonetheless counted curbs as half of the course, new race administrators Nils Wittich and Eduardo Freitas drew a demarcating line and caught to the clear wording of the guidelines, in accordance with him. the white line is the limit.
For instance, not like MotoGP, the place sensors are used, Formula 1 doesn’t have a fancy technical system that routinely information when the track limits are exceeded. The allocation of fines is simply seen and due to this fact vulnerable to error, as a number of pilots have criticized.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner mentioned: “I believe the drawback (with Spielberg) is the nature of the track. It encourages drivers to push the limits of the street and of course there have been quite a bit of drivers who broke it over the weekend.
But going past the track limits at the Austrian GP might solely be the starting. Because the next circuit on the Formula 1 calendar is the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet, which, as it’s identified, has virtually completely asphalt carrying areas. So Horner fears the theme will likely be much more current at the French GP.
Horner: The drawback at Le Castellet is even larger
After the Formula 1 race in Austria, he mentioned: “My concern will not be on this track, I believe the drawback will likely be larger at Paul Ricard.” That’s as a result of, not like the Red Bull Ring, the place there may be little or no time achieve for off-piste, it is completely different at the 5.8km circuit in the south of France.
“There’s a bit of a time achieve there and clearly there’s acres of asphalt there, so it is an actual problem to get off the street,” Horner mentioned. Race administrators’ zero-tolerance interpretation of the guidelines is anticipated to proceed at the Grand Prix circuit at Le Castellet. In the previous, nook mixtures from 1/2, 3 to five, 8/9 and exit from the nook 6 have been the focus of the rulers. In 2021, nonetheless, violations have been restricted: just one lap time was canceled in the race, 4 in qualifying.