Track limits through Turn 8 of the Bahrain International Circuit’s Outer Layout will now be monitored, with the FIA acting after Friday’s first practice session.
Formula 1 has remained in Bahrain for a second round at the venue but is doing so on the Outer Layout for the first time, which effectively bypasses the middle sector of the grand prix circuit.
Several drivers ran wide through the Turn 8 right-hander, which leads drivers onto the penultimate straight of the lap, and were able to improve on their lap times in the opening session.
Ahead of Friday’s second session Formula 1’s Race Director Michael Masi has issued revised notes warning drivers of the new rules at the complex.
“A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red and white kerb on the exit of Turn 8, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards,” confirmed Masi.
“Each time any car fails to negotiate Turn 8 Exit by using the track, teams will be informed via the official messaging system.
“On the third occasion of a driver failing to negotiate Turn 8 Exit by using the track during the race, he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards.”
In the event of a driver running wide into Turn 7 they have been told that they are permitted to cut behind the inside of Turn 8 in order to assist in not impeding a rival.
They must then only re-join the circuit when it is safe to do so and without gaining a lasting advantage.