The format of the run from the ultimate nook and throughout the end line in Azerbaijan implies that, at instances, drivers can journey near, and even over, the pit entry on quick laps.
If drivers forward of them immediately sluggish whereas coming in to the pits, then that might doubtlessly trigger hassle.
The matter has been additional put into the highlight following the FIA’s latest clarification that drivers are now allowed to cross pit entry and exit lines so long as a complete tyre doesn’t transcend it.
Following the primary day of working in Baku, Wittich amended his occasion notes to clarify what is anticipated of drivers if they’re persevering with on observe.
He mentioned that “for security causes”, the pit entry line is now outlined as your complete line that begins properly earlier than the pits and continues into the pitlane.
Which means that drivers wanting to return into the pits should be inside it always and can’t minimize throughout as soon as the road has began.
Moreover, to cease drivers drifting too far to the left if they’re on a sizzling lap, it has been defined that they don’t seem to be allowed to cross a dashed line (highlighted with yellow arrow beneath) on the observe if they don’t seem to be coming into the pits.
Pit lane entry
Photograph by: FIA
The notes say: “The dashed white line on the pit entry defines the observe edge. For security causes, any driver persevering with on the observe, could not cross that line in any route.”
In addition to the clarification about behaviour on the pit entry, the FIA has put in a bollard on the left hand facet of the pit exit.
Wittich mentioned: “All drivers should keep to the best of this bollard when leaving the pitlane.”
Pit lane exit
Photograph by: FIA
The bollard (highlighted with yellow arrow above) supplies a tough restrict for drivers by way of how a lot they’ll minimize the apex of the exit, with the brand new FIA interpretation since Monaco which means they might push the bounds way more than earlier than.
Moreover, the FIA has additionally eliminated a kerb on the right-hand facet of the observe on the entry to the Flip 15 left-hander.