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Italian Grand Prix 2021

Track limits return to F1 after rare weekend off at Zandvoort

There will be track limits in place at each of the three sectors at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

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The FIA have confirmed track limits will be monitored at three locations of the iconic Monza circuit for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

As in previous years, Monza's first chicane, the second chicane and the newly-named Curva Alboreto final corner will be policed throughout the weekend.

At the Rettifilo chicane (first chicane) there will be the usual polystyrene blocks to drive around if the drivers miss the usual racing line. The drivers can only use the grass if it is clearly unavoidable and they must re-join safely.

The second chicane features a bollard in the run-off area which the drivers must stay to the right of if they avoid the black and yellow bumps when going off-track.

At the final corner, the Curva Alboreto, named after former F1 driver Michele Alboreto, any driver who is deemed to have put all four wheels off the track will have their lap time deleted, as well as the following lap, because of the extra speed that has potentially been gained coming off the last turn.

The three-strikes rule will only apply at the second chicane and the final corner. In Sprint Qualifying or the race, the drivers will be shown the black and white flag if they cut the chicane or run wide at the final corner three times. The FIA have made it clear that this is three times in total rather than three times at each part of the track.

After the black and white flag, a driver can be penalised by the stewards due to repeat offences.

Max Verstappen leads the Drivers' Championship by three points over Lewis Hamilton heading into the Italian GP.

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