F1 track limits solutions being explored by the FIA

The FIA is exploring a number of options to prevent Formula 1 drivers from exceeding track limits during the course of grand prix weekends

F1 track limits solutions being explored by the FIA

The breach has become more prevalent as kerb designs have changed over the years, leaving the FIA struggling on occasion to rigorously enforce any ruling.

Raising the height of the kerbs is not an option as it promotes concerns over cars becoming airborne, so the FIA is looking at both mechanical and electronic solutions.

For FIA race director Charlie Whiting, one of the mechanical possibilities is the use of a double-width kerb, used this year at Motorland Aragon for the MotoGP race.

Whiting explained: "At the moment we have a single kerb that is 25 millimetres below track level. The second part is 50 millimetres below.

"The idea is this kerb would work with both bikes and cars. We want to make something that is compatible for both disciplines.

"At Motorland Aragon the riders claimed they were happy with it

"With cars, if it comes too far over it will be become increasingly uncomfortable for the driver.

"If he were to put two wheels beyond the kerb, he then would have to cross back, so it should act as a deterrent, which is the plan anyway.

"This is a nice kerb solution which we anticipate trying at turn nine at Barcelona and a couple of other places where we race."

The idea for the electronic solution incorporates the use of GPS and track loops, but Whiting said: "We need much more accuracy before using these sort of solutions."

Former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer employs pressure sensors at his circuits that detect when cars go beyond kerbs, triggering pictures from a high-resolution camera that then go straight to race control.

Whiting said he is "aware of the system and it is something we could use".

He was also impressed with the solution in place at Austin, scene of this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

"Here they've put in bumps that are at 90 degrees to the track, and drop into holes, at turns 11, 12, 15 and 20, and also at the apexes of the very fast corners - three, four, five and six," he said.

"They are flat for bikes, but raised 50 millimetres for us, and the Aussie V8s have 125 millimetres, so that I believe is a proper solution and works very well here.

"It's the sort of thing we should be looking for into the future."

shares
comments
FIA testing three cockpit safety concepts for Formula 1 cars

Previous article

FIA testing three cockpit safety concepts for Formula 1 cars

Next article

Mercedes against idea to introduce independent engine into F1

Mercedes against idea to introduce independent engine into F1
Load comments
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Plus

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021