F1’s New Race Director Delivers No Nonsense Track Limits For Bahrain – WTF1
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F1’s New Race Director Delivers No Nonsense Track Limits For Bahrain

We’ve become all to used to having pages and pages of documents explaining track limits ahead of each event, but F1’s new race director has delivered a mic-drop ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Niels Wittich, who will share FIA race director duties with Eduardo Freitas this season, has given a clear instruction that the race track is defined by the white lines and cars may not leave the track without good reason. We like him already.

Wittich event notes simply state:

‘In accordance with the provisions of Article 33.3, the white lines define the track edges.’

‘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’.

It’s good news for us fans who grew tired of track limit rules changing almost session by session in 2021 and it’s great to see the new race director is already putting his foot down when it comes to track limits 👏

13 thoughts on “F1’s New Race Director Delivers No Nonsense Track Limits For Bahrain

    • meaning instead of the flexibility provided sometimes that if a car has one wheel on curbs its fine it would now be nessesary to keep the one wheel on the track at all times

    • meaning instead of the flexibility provided sometimes that if a car has one wheel on curbs its fine it would now be nessesary to keep the one wheel on the track at all times

    • before it was “the white lines usually define the track edge but we don’t care if you go over here, here, here and here… oh by the way we changed our mind because we decided here gains you an advantage but only if you are 3rd or below in the championship standings”

  • Still waiting to see him Punish mercedes for skipping the Gala. Waiting for that no nonsense strict approach you’re claiming to have.

  • Keith Dolby says:

    Most sports have clearly defined boundaries. In some, the white line is “in” – Football, Badminton, Tennis. In some it is “out” – Squash, Raquetball, Rugby. But the rule is hard and fast throughout those sports. It should be the same in F1. If you leave the playing field then you have committed a foul and there should be a penalty for it.

  • Ernesto Gasulla says:

    The “without good reason” makes it worthless. Some drivers will claim they were forced out limits and be allowed to keep the advantage, while some others will be penalized. Nothing new here…

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