RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
15 - 18 February 2021
From: Race Director
To: All Drivers
Document: Driver's Briefing
1. Matters arising from the Australian Grand Prix
- Impeding/blocking others during qualifying.
- Resetting to track during the race.
- Retiring on track during qualifying and race sessions.
- Caution required at the race start, avoiding contact with others particularly when damage is caused.
- Sufficient space not afforded when defending and overtaking.
- Deliberate contact with another driver which resulted in a permanent ban.
- Backmarkers impeding drivers on the lead lap and attempting to overtake by using "ghosting" rather than completing an appropriate overtake.
- A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the Russian Grand Prix.
- The Realistic Performance Leagues (PS/Xbox) will return to determining the starting grid order with a qualifying session.
- 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.
- Any driver intending to create a gap in front of themselves in order to get a clear lap should not attempt to do this around Turns 12 and/or 13. Any driver seen to have done this will be reported to the stewards as being in breach of Regulation 3.3.1 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. This is to avoid a traffic jam, particularly for drivers on a qualifying lap which may result in contact.
- 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 Russian 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 27 laps.
- The race will commence after a Formation Lap.
- Drivers are reminded to avoid sudden, aggressive movement at the race start and advise caution on the approach to Turn 2.
- Drivers will be required to complete a minimum of one mandatory pit-stop.
- Stewards will pay particular attention to driving standards, track limits, returning to the race track and pit-entry and exit.
- 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 adhere to track limits at all times, particularly on pit-entry and exit.
- On pit-exit drivers must keep to the right of the solid white line when leaving the pits. No part of an car leaving the pits may cross this line; particularly to move onto the racing line during qualifying or the race.
- For safety reasons drivers must keep to the right of the bollard at the pit entry and must not overshoot pit-entry, being careful not to cross the white line marking pit-entry and rejoining the track; the line separating the pit entry from the track is considered to be the white line on the left edge of the pit entry.
- Drivers who make a "late entry" into the pits, crossing the white-lined pit entry will be investigated by the stewards and risk being awarded a penalty.
- Stewards will pay particular attention to pit-entry and exit, ensuring that drivers adhere to track limits at all times and do not risk other drivers on track.
- 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 painted area and/or the white line 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.
- The dotted white line across the pit entry and across the pit exit are the track edge line.
6. Track Limits
- Drivers are to adhere to the track limits at all times. Any driver found to have "straight-lined", or cut sections of the track during qualifying or the race at any time, will be investigated by the stewards.
- Drivers who fail to negotiate Turn 2 by remaining within track limits, and who pass to the left of the first orange kerb element prior to the apex, or to the left of the orange apex sausage at Turn 2 (image 1), must then re-join the track by driving around the array of blocks as indicated by the arrows before the rejoining the track from the left at Turn 3 (image 2). Drivers who receive a warning or time penalty when following this guideline can approach the league admin(s) to remove the warning/penalty as long as they provide the necessary evidence in accordance with Regulation 3.4.1.
- Prior to rejoining the track, drivers must "lift off" and ensure they rejoin the track without impeding other drivers, or require drivers to take avoiding action. Drivers who rejoin the track in an unsafe manner will be investigated by the stewards after the race.
- Lap times achieved during qualifying or the race by leaving the track and failing to negotiate Turn 2 within the limits of the track, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards.
- In all cases detailed above, the driver 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.
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 220.127.116.11.
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.