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Gasly: More accurate tools needed to police track limits

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 30: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT03 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 30, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Pierre Gasly believes that “more accurate tools” are needed to control the compliance of track limits in Formula 1.

Gasly ended the Hungarian GP qualifying 19th. However, his quickest Q1 lap time was deleted as he had exceeded track limits at turn 5.

In Q2, Sergio Perez’s lap time was also deleted for the violation of track limits at the same spot. However, it was reinstated several minutes later.

The stewards allegedly used the CCTV footage to control how drivers comply with track limits. Gasly questions such an approach and urges to improve the system.

“We’ve had a couple of issues. Last time I got affected by these track limits in Austria when I was 11th and Checo [Perez] went off-track, didn’t get his lap deleted in turn 8, so I missed the Q3,” he said.

“Potentially now I should be in Q2 and then I missed the Q2 because the other way around: They’re saying that from CCTV I was over the line. But I think we’ve got to check because CCTV we know how good the quality is. We need to double-check.

“I think for more consistency for sure the best would be to have a sensor in the car and have it everywhere. But I think also turn 5 from all my years of racing, which is pretty much the last 10 years, I’ve never had any track limits in that corner and this year it’s a quite drastic approach. That’s why I think we definitely need more accurate tools to make sure that it’s always quite fairly respected.”


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