Track restrictions have been a tiresome subject throughout the Formula 1 weekend at Spielberg. Including the assist sequence (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 complete 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, in contrast to 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 barely seen and due to this fact liable to error, as a number of pilots have criticized.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner mentioned: “I believe the downside (with Spielberg) is the nature of the track. It encourages drivers to push the limits of the street and of course there have been lots of drivers who broke it over the weekend.
But going past the track limits at the Austrian GP may 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 recognized, has nearly solely asphalt carrying areas. So Horner fears the theme will probably be much more current at the French GP.
Horner: The downside at Le Castellet is even larger
After the Formula 1 race in Austria, he mentioned: “My concern shouldn’t be about this track, I believe the downside will probably be larger at Paul Ricard.” That’s as a result of, in contrast to the Red Bull Ring, there was little or no time achieve for going off-piste, which is completely different at the 5.8km circuit in the south of France.
“There’s a bit of a time achieve there and there is clearly 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 1/2, 3 to five, 8/9 and exit from nook 6 have been the focus of the rulers. In 2021, nevertheless, violations have been restricted: just one lap time was canceled in the race, 4 in qualifying.