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Formula 1 publishes new rules of conduct for drivers

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 22 April 2022 8:56 pm

Formula 1 drivers ahead of the Imola Grand Prix received a document about what they are and are not allowed to do by the governing body. These documents were given to F1 drivers in the first race of the season in Bahrain. 

The ‘Driving Standards Guidelines’ were handed out as a response to a request from Grand Prix drivers to understand the factors considered by the stewards for judging incidents. The FIA also made a statement about these guidelines and said, 

“For avoidance of doubt, these are merely guidelines to assist the stewards in their decision making and are non-binding. All stewards` decisions will be made pursuant to the FIA International Sporting Code read in conjunction with all relevant regulations applicable to Formula 1.”

For overtaking on the inside of a corner

In order for a car being overtaken to be required to give sufficient room to an overtaking car, the overtaking car needs to have a significant portion of the car alongside the car being overtaken and the overtaking manoeuvre must be done in a safe and controlled manner, while enabling the car to clearly remain within the limits of the track.

When considering what is a ‘significant portion’ for an overtaking on the inside of a corner, among the various factors that will be looked at by the stewards when exercising their discretion, the stewards will consider if the overtaking car’s front tyres are alongside the other car by no later than the apex of the corner.

For overtaking outside of a corner

In order for a car being overtaken to be required to give sufficient room to an overtaking car, the overtaking car needs to have a significant portion of the car alongside the car being overtaken and the overtaking manoeuvre must be done in a safe and controlled manner, while enabling the car to clearly remain within the limits of the track.

When considering what is a ‘significant portion’, for an overtaking on the outside of a corner, among the various factors that will be looked at by the stewards when exercising their discretion, the stewards will consider if the overtaking car is ahead of the other car from the apex of the corner. The car being overtaken must be capable of making the corner while remaining within the limits of the track.

In reference to chicanes and S-bends

The above guidelines would apply similarly to each corner.

As has been previously reported, the guidelines also confirmed that the FIA are imposing a strict enforcement of track limits, of impeding, and how it is responsibility of a driver to ‘clearly give back’ any advantage gained when leaving the track.

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