AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
08 - 11 February 2021
From: Race Director
To: All Drivers
Document: Driver's Briefing
1. Matters arising from the Mexican Grand Prix
- Incidents from the race were reported prior to the "cooldown period" had expired, resulting in the incident not being investigated. Drivers are reminded to wait until the steward's office opens as per the guidelines.
- Drivers proceeded to cut corners during qualifying to return to the pitlane despite being in breach of the Regulations and previous driver's briefing; reprimands and penalties were awarded to those drivers.
- A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the Australian Grand Prix.
- The Realistic Performance League (PS/Xbox) will not participate in qualifying this week. Their starting grid will be determined from a reversed order of the Round 1 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 8.
3. 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.
4. 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 8.
5. 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. At no time may a driver cross this line.
- Drivers must maintain awareness of drivers approaching on the main straight when exiting the pit-lane. You must yield position to drivers on track when exiting the pit-lane during qualifying.
- Drivers, for safety reasons, must keep to the right of the bollard immediately at pit-entry when 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.
- Drivers who are found to have crossed the white line at pit-entry and pit-exit will be investigated by the stewards.
6. Track Limits
- Drivers must adhere to the track limits at all times, outlined by the white lined track boundary.
- Drivers who are found to cut sections of the track at any time will be investigated by the stewards and will incur a penalty.
- Stewards will pay particular attention to Turns 3 and 4, and the chicane of Turns 11 and 12, taking a hard line on drivers breaching track limits.
- Drivers who miss their breaking point, or have to take avoiding action at Turn 3 are instructed to use the run-off area and may rejoin the track from the left between Turns 4 and 5; drivers must "lift-off" when rejoining the track and can only rejoin when it is safe to do so.
- Drivers who need to take avoiding action at Turns 11 and 12 are permitted to miss out Turn 12, though they will required to "lift off", negating any advantage gained. Drivers who are found to have gained an advantage will be investigated by the stewards.
- Due to the Australian Grand Prix competing on a street circuit, stewards will monitor how drivers return to track and emphasise the need to do so appropriately and in accordance of the Regulations.
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 18.104.22.168.
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.