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Different track limit rules to be applied for qualifying and race in Bahrain

Kimi Raikkonen and Lance Stroll during practice in Bahrain. Credits: Getty Images.

Many drivers struggled to keep their car inside the white line at turn 4. That is why it has just been announced that for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, new rules concerning the track limits at turn 4 will be used. 

Before the start of the first race weekend of the season, drivers were told that the rules regarding track limits would not be enforced or changed. That meant that they could use all the run-off area beyond the curb at turn 4.

However, Michael Masi gave new rules to the teams and the drivers regarding the right-hander that launches the cars towards the second sector. The new details regard both free practice, qualifying, and the race. 

Speaking of free practice and qualifying, the rule says: “a lap time achieved during any practice session by leaving the track and cutting behind the red and white curb on the exit of turn four, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards”.

For the race, it is a little bit different: “the track limits at the exit of turn four will not be monitored with regard to setting a lap time, as the defining limits are the artificial grass and the gravel trap in that location.” 

However, the drivers are requested not to leave the track if it is not needed: “drivers must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not leave the track without a justifiable reason.”

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