Track limits at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix have been altered ahead of qualifying, in order to clarify what's permitted and what isn't.
While Imola is lined by grass and gravel, there are a few spots on the track where drivers can exploit escape areas to carry more speed through corners. To that end, FIA Race Director Michael Masi has issued an update to the drivers.
"Further to the discussion at the drivers meeting,and for the avoidance of doubt, cars will be permitted to drive on the yellow kerbs located at the apex of Turns 14 and 15," said Masi in his race notes.
This refers to the Variante Alta chicane.
"Leaving the track to cut across the kerbs is not permitted and a penalty may be applied."
The rules remain unchanged for the exit of the chicane,: "A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red, white and green kerb on the exit of Turn 15, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards."
Other limits remain the same, with the exit of Piratella remaining under close scruinty: "A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track on the exit of Turn 9, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards. A driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with the track."
Referring to all of the corners, drivers will only be permitted to abuse these limits on three separate occasions in total. Should they reach three, the black and white flag will be shown with an ensuing penalty.