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Austrian Grand Prix 2022

FIA set strict track limits rules for problematic Austrian GP corner

F1 Race Director Niels Wittich has brought a particular corner at the Red Bull Ring to the attention of teams and drivers ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

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The FIA Formula 1 Race Director for the Austrian Grand Prix, Niels Wittich, has set strict track limits rules for one problematic corner at the Red Bull Ring.

The rules on track limits have remained consistent throughout the opening rounds of the new F1 season. As per Article 33.3 of the Sporting Regulations, drivers and teams have repeatedly been told that "the white lines define the track edges" when pushing their machines to the limit.

However, for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, Wittich has used his pre-weekend event notes to draw attention to one particular, problematic corner, Turn 10.

He has written: "During Qualifying, Sprint and the Race, each time a driver fails to negotiate the exit of Turn 10 will result in that lap time and the immediately following lap time being invalidated by the Stewards."

Wittich sets strict rules over Red Bull Ring's Turn 10

According to the official track map for this weekend's event, Turn 10 at the Red Bull Ring is the circuit's final corner, leading on to the start/finish straight.

It also leads into a Drag Reduction System (DRS) zone and could precede multiple overtakes during both the Sprint and the Race.

Beyond the outside kerbs of Turn 10 awaits a tarmac run-off area, unlike corners at Turns 4, 6, 7 and 8, where a gravel trap punishes those who leave the track.

And, with it being the final corner of the circuit, Wittich has made clear that any drivers who exit the track will be deemed to be gaining an speed advantage over the start/finish line and will therefore see both their current and next lap time deleted.

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