Owing to the character of the Losail circuit, which options sizeable run-off areas round its sooner corners, together with flat kerbs across the perimeter of the observe, the FIA has elected to implement limits at Turns 4, 12, 13, 14 and 16.
Flip 4 is a 90-degree right-hander main into the equally profiled Flip 5, which is anticipated to steer drivers to check the bounds of the nook to open up the next apex.
The trio of Turns 12, 13 and 14 are a collection of quick right-handers that may equally reward treating the collection of bends as one nook, whereas Flip 16 is the ultimate tight right-hander that drivers will discover the bounds of the exit kerb on to maximise their straightline acceleration.
FIA race director Michael Masi has despatched out a doc to all groups explaining that every nook shall be stringently policed, and that three failed makes an attempt to navigate any of the corners inside the white strains shall be topic to a black-and-white flag inside the race – and additional transgressions shall be topic to a stewards’ evaluation.
Any laptimes which might be recorded by which any of the observe limits guidelines are violated throughout follow and qualifying shall be deleted and, within the case of Flip 16, the next laptime may also be deleted if a driver surpasses the bounds at that nook.
The quick, flowing corners at Losail are anticipated to require a high-downforce set-up to navigate, though the lengthy one-kilometre start-finish straight partially complicates that.
Provided that the start-finish straight is the only real DRS zone on the observe, it’s anticipated that the high-downforce packages will create a big benefit for a automobile with DRS activated. The DRS detection zone sits earlier than Flip 16.
It’s understood that the Losail observe floor has not been modified from when it was laid on the circuit’s opening in 2004, and is anticipated to be abrasive – which may lead to excessive tyre temperatures and put on amid a few of the higher-speed corners.
Though FP1 and FP3 shall be held throughout the day, the qualifying and race classes shall be held at night time – inserting larger significance on the groups to get probably the most out of their FP2 operating.