Nasr reprimanded for Singapore track limits breach

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Felipe Nasr has been reprimanded by the FIA stewards in Singapore after failing to adhere to track limits during practice on Friday.

Following the saga surrounding Pirelli’s tire failures at the Belgian Grand Prix and the exceeding of track limits by drivers at Spa, stricter track limits guidelines have since been implemented.

At Monza, the stewards informed drivers that anyone missing the second chicane would have to take the longest possible route to return to the track, as defined by a bollard and a white line.

A similar tactic has been used by the stewards in Singapore at the first complex of corners to prevent drivers from gaining an advantage by running wide as Fernando Alonso did at the start of last year’s race.

“Any driver who fails to negotiate turn 2 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element, must keep to the right of the red and white polystyrene block and re-join the track on the outside of turn 3,” race director Charlie Whiting wrote in the event notes sent to all drivers earlier this week.

During the first free practice session in Singapore on Friday, Sauber driver Felipe Nasr failed to adhere to this, and was called before the stewards.

“Car 12 left the track at turn 2 and contrary to the Race Director’s Notes no 7 of 17th September, did not pass to the right of the red and white block,” the stewards wrote after seeing Nasr.

“The driver admitted he had not passed to the right of the block. As this occurred in Free Practice and not Qualifying or the Race, a reprimand is warranted.”

This marks Nasr’s first reprimand in F1 since debuting at the beginning of the 2015 season in Australia.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was also pulled in by the race stewards for going too quickly under yellow flags in practice, but no further action was taken against the Spaniard.