Monza: FIA continues clampdown on track limit abuse

The FIA continues its zero-tolerance policy on track limit abuse, with stringent rules set to be applied at two specific corners at Monza.

The governing body will specifically monitor drivers’ track position at the exit of Monza’s second chicane and at the final Parabolica corner, where timing loops have been embedded into the track.

FIA race director Michael Masi addressed to teams the following notes for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. They apply to both the Variante della Roggia – the second chicane – and the Parabolica.

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“A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track (all four wheels over the white track edge line) on the outside of Turn 11 [Parabolica], will result in that lap time and the immediately following lap time being invalidated by the stewards.”

“Each time any car passes behind the kerb or crosses the white line, teams will be informed via the official messaging system.

“On the third occasion of a driver cutting behind the apex of Turn 5, and/or crossing the white line on the outside of Turn 11 during the race, he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards.

“For the avoidance of doubt this means a total of three occasions combined, not three at each corner.

“The above requirements will not automatically apply to any driver who is judged to have been forced off the track, each such case will be judged individually.

“In all cases detailed above, the driver must only re-join the track when it is safe to do so and without gaining a lasting advantage.”

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