- Apr 1, 2011
In a bid to stop drivers from gaining advantages from running wide on the exit of corners, or cutting the apex with all four wheels outside the white lines, the FIA have revised the guidelines with regards to track limits.
The revision reads:
"Sporting Regulations regarding track limits have been clarified and specify that drivers must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason... Penalties will still be allocated based on whether a driver is judged to have gained an advantage."Last month we ran an article asking you, the readers, whether you felt that the FIA needed to take meaningful action on track limit abuse in the aftermath of the Belgian Grand Prix where many drivers were seen to be illegally leaving the track with no consequences from the stewards, despite stating that they would be cracking down on abuse of track limits, especially at Raidillon. A resounding 80% of readers felt that the stewards needed to pursue track limit abuse more vociferously. Hopefully this new rule clarification will result in better behaviour from the drivers and more consistent officiating from Charlie Whiting and Co.
21 Races in 2016
The 2016 Formula One season was originally due to start in April, however that has now be brought forward to the third week of March with the Australian Grand Prix playing host for the opening round. The Malaysian Grand Prix has been moved to Round 16 following the Singapore Grand Prix in a move that should result in a more logical, efficient and cost effective shipment path for teams' equipment and personnel.
The Russian Grand Prix has been brought forward to Round Four, while the new European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan takes place in mid-June after the Canadian Grand Prix. However, somewhat controversially, the new addition to the calendar has been placed on the same weekend as the Le Mans 24 Hours, meaning Nico Hulkenberg will be unable to defend his race win from last years epic race.
The changes focus around the tailpipes and the exhaust wastegates in order to produce more noise.
States the FIA:
"For 2016, all cars must have a separate exhaust wastegate tailpipe through which all and only wastegate exhaust gases must pass. This measure has been undertaken to increase the noise of the cars and will not have any significant effect on power or emissions."
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