Belgian GP: Charlie Whiting warns drivers of 'cheat loop' sanctions

FIA Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has reminded teams that drivers will be penalised if they use the Belgian Grand Prix's "cheat loop"

Belgian GP: Charlie Whiting warns drivers of 'cheat loop' sanctions

On Friday, the FIA messaging system reported many instances of drivers cutting behind the apex of Spa's Raidillon, the left hander at the top of Eau Rouge, and called it the "cheat loop" on the timing screens.

In updated notes sent to the teams today headlined "cutting behind the apex of Turn 4" Whiting pointed out that any offenders in today's qualifying sessions would have those lap times deleted.

Three offences would lead to a warning flag, with subsequent offences potentially leading to sanctions.

A driver who commits the offence more than three times in the grand prix would be shown a warning flag, with subsequent examples potentially leading to sanction.

Whiting wrote: "Any lap completed during qualifying by leaving the track and cutting behind the apex of Turn 4, as judged by the detection loop in this location, will be deleted by the stewards.

"On the third occasion of a driver cutting behind the apex during the race he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards.

"Each time any car cuts behind the apex teams will be informed via the official messaging system."

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