AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
13 - 16 September 2021
From: Race Director
To: All Drivers
Document: Driver's Briefing
1. Matters arising from the Brazilian Grand Prix
- Drivers were found to "ready up" while on the grid prior to being informed by the league admin which resulted in a penalty being awarded.
- Drivers were found to rejoin the circuit unsafely and caused drivers to take avoiding action, or resulted in contact.
- Drivers are reminded to leave sufficient room for other drivers on track and at corner entry and exit.
2. Changes to the Circuit
- The asphalt path located on the verge between the Pit Exit and the Track has been re-established and smoothed out.
- The left-hand barrier between Turns 2 and 3 has been realigned closer to the edge of the Track.
- The gate across the support pit entry has been removed.
- A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the Australian 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 9.
4. Tyre Allocation & Mandatory Race Tyres
- The following tyre compounds will be used for the Australian 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 29 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 9.
6. Lines/Bollards at Pit Entry & Pit Exit
- In accordance with Regulation 3.6 (Pit-Stops), 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 the bollard immediately at 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 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, outlined by the white lined track boundary.
- Stewards will pay close attention to drivers entering and exiting the pit-lane. Drivers who are found to have crossed the white line on pit entry/exit, have impeded drivers on a qualifying lap, or have created a dangerous situation on track will be investigated by the stewards after the race and will likely receive a penalty.
- Drivers who miss their braking point, or are required to take avoiding action at Turn 1 are to lift off, negating any advantage gained and use the grass run-off area and rejoin the circuit from the left side after Turn 2 only when safe to do and will not require drivers to take avoiding action.
- Drivers who miss their braking point, or are required to take avoiding action at Turn 3 are to lift-off, negating any advantage gained and use the run-off are to the left of Turn 3 and rejoin the circuit from the left side after Turn 4 only when safe to do so and will not require drivers to take avoiding action.
- If you are required to take avoiding action at any point of the circuit, you are required to lift-off, reducing any advantage gained and rejoin the track when safe to do so.
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 18.104.22.168.
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.