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Dutch Grand Prix 2023

FIA Race Director issues precautionary rule tweak for Dutch GP

A specific rule relating to wet tyre usage has been introduced for the race at Zandvoort.

Sainz Zandvoort Wet
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FIA Race Director Niels Wittich has issued an event-specific rule amendment that allows fluidity around starting tyres for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Rain is forecast to threaten the race at Zandvoort having hit the seaside circuit on Saturday.

Normally all teams are required to start on the full wet tyre under Safety Car but due to the tight pit lane at Zandvoort officials are keen to avoid a chaotic situation where everyone starts on Extreme Wets and then immediately pits for Intermediate tyres.

This was the case during the Sprint race at Spa Francorchamps as the track dried out enough for a tyre change during the laps under Safety Car.

Officials also implemented a specific rule for the Formula 2 support race during the weekend, whereby no driver was allowed to take their mandatory pit stop during a Virtual Safety Car or full Safety Car to avoid cars piling into the tight pit lane concurrently.

Full rule on wet tyre usage

The event-specific notes read: "For the safe and orderly conduct of the event, and due to the exceptional layout of the pit lane at this Event:

"Should any of the circumstances described in Article 30.5 (o) and either Article 49.1 or Article 58.1 and Article 58.10 (a) of the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations occur, and the track conditions change such that the wet weather tyres are unsuitable [i.e. the track conditions become too dry and/or there is no standing water], then the Race Director may require all competitors to use the Intermediate wet tyre specification instead of the wet weather tyres.

"This will be notified to all competitors using the official messaging system and sufficient time will be provided for competitors to fit the Intermediate specification."

F1 2023 Dutch Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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