There is:They say if you gain an advantage be leaving the track you have to give back the position. One could argue that during the un-competitive parts you don't gain an advantage there. Would make sense to investigate that in the sim if that's true.
1) gaining advantage like higher speed in battle by going out of track
2) gaining advantage like having faster times between point A and B by going out of track somewhere in between.
Both should be punished the same in my opinion.