May 12, 2021

Drivers given extra track limits rule for turn five at Algarve | 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix

Additional track limits restrictions will be imposed at a fourth corner on the Autodromo do Algarve following Friday’s running at the track.

F1 race director Michael Masi has advised drivers and teams that track limits will also be enforced at turn five, as well as turns one, four and 15.

Teams were warned about the original three corners in a document issued on Thursday. An updated guidance document issued following second practice stated that in addition to those enforcements, “the track limits at the exit of turn five are defined as when no part of the car remains in contact with the red and white kerb.”

Turn five is a left-handed hairpin which lies at the end of the new, second DRS activation zone along the back straight. As the corner is likely to see more moves for position this year, the updated guidance should help prevent disputes over how far drivers may go to defend or take a position at its exit.

Algarve International Circuit, Portugal, 2020
Algarve International Circuit, Portugal, 2020

In the original guidance issued on Friday, teams were warned that lap times achieved by cutting behind the red and white kerbs at turn one, four and 15 would be deleted. In the latter case, they would also have their subsequent lap time deleted, as running wide there would allow drivers to carry more speed across the starting line.

During the course of today’s two practice sessions, 65 laps were deleted due to track limit violations at turns one and four. Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc, Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel, George Russell and Carlos Sainz Jnr had times deleted for violations at turn one. Sainz, Leclerc, Latifi and Mazepin joined Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Lando Norris in also getting times deleted at turn four during first practice.

In the afternoon session, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen joined the ranks of those losing lap times with violations at turn one and Antonio Giovinazzi, who had sat out first practice while Callum Ilott drove his car, also had a time deleted for exceeding the limits at turn four.

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