FIA to police track limits electronically in Hungarian GP

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The FIA has confirmed it will police track limits during this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix using electronic devices in a bid to stop drivers gaining an advantage by going off-track.

Over the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, a number of drivers had lap times in qualifying deleted for exceeding track limits, although questions were raised about the consistency of decisions.

The Hungaroring has undergone a number of changes ahead of this weekend’s race, including the installation of new curbs and a resurfacing of the tarmac.

In his pre-race notes to the teams, FIA race director Charlie Whiting confirmed that an electronic system would be used at Turns 4 and 11 to inform race control of drivers who put all four wheels off-track.

“In Turns 4 and 11 the new double curb has been installed and the artificial grass removed,” Whiting wrote.

“However, the run-off areas behind the curbs have been set at the same height as the kerbs themselves, the required deterrent is therefore not present.

“With this in mind we have installed loops 1.6m from the track edge which will alert us when a car has all four wheels off the track in these two locations.”

Whiting also informed teams that “the ‘sausage’ curbs on the apex of Turns 6 and 7 have been replaced by a 50 mm high steel ‘Abu Dhabi’ curb on the apex behind the 50mm positive curb”, while “a large number of kerbs have been renewed to a very high standard with great emphasis on improved drainage”.

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