New rules on track limits for 2016 revealed | 2016 F1 season

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The FIA has revealed tougher rules intended to prevent drivers abusing track limits during the 2016 season.

The revised regulations for 2016 states drivers ?must make every reasonable effort? to stay within track limits and must have a ?justifiable reason? if they do leave the track.

Drivers gaining an advantage by leaving the track has become a frequent problem for stewards due to the increasingly widespread use of asphalt run-offs. The high-speed punctures experienced by two drivers during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend was blamed on track limits abuse by circuit representatives.

During Sunday?s Russian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso was given a five-second time penalty for cutting the track at turn 16.

2015 track limits rule

Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.
A driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with the track.

Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage. At the absolute discretion of the race director a driver may be given the opportunity to give back the whole of any advantage he gained by leaving the track.

A driver may not deliberately leave the track without justifiable reason.
Sporting Regulations article 20.2

2016 track limits rule

During practice and the race, drivers may use only the track and must at all times observe the provisions of the Code relating to driving behaviour on circuits.

Drivers must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason.

Drivers will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with it and, for the avoidance of doubt, any white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.

Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage. At the absolute discretion of the race director a driver may be given the opportunity to give back the whole of any advantage he gained by leaving the track.

Sporting Regulations article 27.3 and 27.4

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