AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
08 - 11 March 2021
From: Race Director
To: All Drivers
Document: Driver's Briefing
1. Matters arising from the Italian Grand Prix
- Blocking those on qualifying laps during qualifying.
- Drivers are continuing to "ready up" on the grid prior to being instructed.
- Drivers being overly aggressive at the race start.
- Drivers trying to force room to overtake rather than remaining patient, which has led to self-inflicted damage.
- Drivers pushing others off track, or attempting late defensive manoeuvres which put others at risk.
- Drivers retiring on track, rage-quitting.
2. Changes to the Circuit
- An extension has been added to the concrete behind Turn 8 apex kerb and to the exit kerb.
- The additional yellow kerbs at Turn 9 and Turn 10 have been removed.
- A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the Austrian Grand Prix.
- The Realistic Performance Leagues (PS/Xbox) will not participate in qualifying this week. Their starting grid will be determined from a reversed order of the Round 5 race results.
- No driver is to drive unnecessarily slowly during "in or out" laps throughout qualifying, and must proceed at a safe and reasonable pace.
- Drivers on an "in or out" lap must not block or impede drivers on a qualifying lap, they must stay off the racing line when practical and ensure they give themselves sufficient time to clear the corner when a faster driver is approaching.
- Drivers must ensure they leave themselves sufficient space on track when preparing for a qualifying lap.
- Drivers who are on a qualifying lap are not required to yield track position to a faster driver approaching from behind.
- All drivers must retire from the qualifying session while entering the pit-lane, or while in their garage. No driver is to retire while on track.
- Drivers are not permitted to exit the pitlane at the end of the qualifying session unless they have sufficient time to complete their outlap without the need to cut sections of the track to make it to the start/finish line to begin a qualifying lap. Drivers who leave the pitlane with insufficient time remaining in the session will be investigated by the stewards; particularly if you affect drivers on a qualifying lap.
- For guidelines on safe retirement, refer to section 9.
4. Tyre Allocation & Mandatory Race Tyres
- The following tyre compounds will be used for the Austrian Grand Prix.
- Drivers must use a minimum of one set of the designated mandatory tyre compounds.
- Drivers must use two of the three available dry tyre compounds during the race event.
- If weather conditions require a driver to use a wet tyre compound, then they are not required to use two different dry tyre compounds during the race event.
5. Race Event
- The race will consist of 36 laps.
- The race will commence after a Formation Lap.
- Drivers will be required to complete a minimum of one mandatory pit-stop, unless weather conditions require the use of the "wet weather" compounds then drivers are not required to complete a pit-stop.
- Stewards will pay particular attention to driving standards, track limits, returning to the race track and pit-entry and exit.
- Stewards will pay particular attention at pit-entry.
- Drivers who are found to present a risk at the race start to other competitors will be investigated after the race.
- Drivers must complete 90% race distance to be classified in the race results.
- For guidelines on safe retirement, refer to section 9.
6. Lines/Bollards at Pit Entry & Pit Exit
- Drivers must keep to the right of the solid white line at the pit exit when leaving the pits. No part of any car leaving the pits may cross this line.
- For safety reasons drivers must keep to the right of white line preceding the pit entry which starts approximately 50m before Turn 9. No part of any car entering the pits may cross this line. Drivers are reminded that they must reduce speed sufficiently to enter the pit lane. Drivers who carry excessive speed on pit-entry and cross the solid white line will be investigated by the stewards.
- Except in the cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the Stewards), the crossing by any part of the car, in any direction, of the white line immediately prior to the pit entry or the red and white painted area between the pit entry and the track, by a driver who, in the opinion of the Stewards, had committed to entering the pit lane is prohibited.
7. Track Limits
- Drivers must adhere to the track limits at all times which are defined by the solid white line.
- Turn 1 and Turn 3, drivers who miss their braking point are instructed to use the run-off areas only for the purpose of avoiding contact with other drivers. Drivers must lift off, negating any advantage gained and give priority to cars on track. Drivers using the run off area are to rejoin the track from the left side of the circuit only when it is safe to do so.
- Drivers deemed to have gained an advantage by using the run-off areas at Turn 1 and Turn 3 will be investigated by the stewards after the race.
- Turn 9, lap times achieved during qualifying or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red and white kerb on the exit of Turn 9, as judged by the detection loop in this location, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards. During the race event, drivers will receive a time penalty on their third occasion.
- Turn 10, lap times achieved during qualifying or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red and white kerb on the exit of Turn 10, as judged by the detection loop in this location, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards. During the race event, drivers will receive a time penalty on their third occasion.
- On all cases detailed above, drivers must only re-join the track when it is safe to do so and without gaining a lasting advantage.
- The above requirements will not automatically apply to any driver who is judged to have been forced off the track, each such case will be judged individually.
8. Lapping During the Race
- Drivers who are caught by another car about to lap them must allow the driver on the lead lap past at the first available opportunity, avoiding hindering or blocking the passing driver unnecessarily. Blue flags will be waved, signaling that a faster driver is approaching and is looking to overtake. Drivers who are a lap down (backmarkers) must yield position and allow the lead drivers to pass.
- Drivers who have unnecessarily hindered the leaders will receive a penalty from the stewards in accordance of Regulation 188.8.131.52.
9. Retiring from Qualifying & Race Event
- Drivers who wish to retire from the qualifying session or race event must do so according to Regulation 3.5.9.
- Drivers are to proceed safely to the pit-lane, avoiding the racing line when possible.
- Avoid hindering or blocking other drivers on track, or force them into avoiding action.
- Ensure you have sufficient time and space to clear corner and apexes.
- Drivers intending to retire may have to pull off to the side of the circuit if necessary, giving way to other drivers.
- When crossing the pit-entry line, retire from the session.