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BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

06 - 09 September 2021


From:  Race Director

To:        All Drivers

 

Document: Driver's Briefing


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1. Changes to the Circuit

  • The combination kerb at the apex of Turn 4 has been shortened.
  • The drainage in the run off area at Turn 4 has been improved.
  • Additional grooving of the track surface has taken place at Turn 14 to improve drainage.

 

2. Qualifying

  • A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • No driver is to drive unnecessarily slowly on "in or out" laps during and after the end of 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.
  • For guidelines on safe retirement, refer to section 8.

 

3. Tyre Allocation & Mandatory Race Tyres

  • The following tyre compounds will be used for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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  • 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.

 

4. 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.
  • Stewards will pay particular attention to driving standards, track limits and returning to the race track. 
  • Drivers must complete 90% race distance to be classified in the race results.
  • For guidelines on safe retirement, refer to section 8.

 

5. Lines/Bollards at Pit Entry & Pit Exit

  • Drivers must keep to the left 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 left of the solid white line immediately prior to the pit entry when they are entering the pits.
  • 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 green 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.
  • There is a small warning light panel on the left-hand side at the pit entry which will be operated if a car is stopped or going slowly around the corner of the pit entry.
  • Stewards will pay particular attention on how drivers leave and re-enter the track when entering/exiting the pit-lane. Anyone who does not adhere to the regulations will receive a penalty from the stewards. 

 

6. Track Limits

  • Drivers must adhere to the track limits at all times, outlined by the white lined track boundary.
  • Drivers who miss their braking point, or are forced wide at Turn 1 are permitted to use the run-off area and rejoin the track from the right side of the track at the exit of Turn 2.
  • Drivers who miss their braking point, or are forced wide at Turn 4 are permitted to use the run-off area on the right side of the circuit and rejoin the track from the right side of the track after Turn 5.

 

7. 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 3.3.7.2.

 

8. 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.

 

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