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FRENCH GRAND PRIX

20 - 23 September 2021


From:  Race Director

To:        All Drivers

 

Document: Driver's Briefing


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1. Matters arising from the Australian Grand Prix

  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.1.2 QUALIFYING IN/OUT LAPS - Impeding drivers on a qualifying lap.
  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.1.4 RETIRING FROM THE QUALIFYING SESSION - Driver retiring on track rather in the pit-lane/garage.
  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.2 STARTING GRID (strategy selection) - Drivers are reminded that they must not "ready up" while on the grid until instructed by the league admin.
  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.5.3 SAFETY CAR - Drivers braking suddenly when drivers are close behind. Drivers are reminded that when a Safety Car or VSC is activated, you must not brake suddenly/immediately with excessive force, posing a risk to other drivers.
  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.5.4 VSC/SC MAXIMUM TIME DELTA - Drivers exceeding the maximum time delta permitted during VSC/SC periods, driving unnecessarily slowly.
  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.5.7 RETURNING TO RACE PACE AFTER SC - Excessive speeding up and slowing down as lead car on the SC restart which resulted in drivers receiving damage and time penalties.
  • OFFENCE: Regulation 3.5.8 ATTEMPTED/INTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION OF CAR IN ATTEMPT TO BRING OUT SC - Driver made deliberate contact with barrier after an incident with another driver.

 

2. Changes to the Circuit

  • Resurfacing has taken place in the following locations: entry to Turn 1 through to the exit of Turn 2, point 2.5 through to the exit of Turn 7, point 7.5 through to point 9.5, point 10.5 through to Turn 13, Turn 14 through to the exit of Turn 15, the pit-entry road from the where it leaves the track until the first garage.
  • The barrier separating the pit straight and the pit lane entry has been extended approximately 15m.

 

3. Qualifying

  • A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the French 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 French 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.

 

5. Race Event

  • The race will consist of 27 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 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 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.
  • Turns 1 and 2, any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track, and who passes completely to the right of the first fluorescent yellow bollard on the apex of the corner, must keep completely to the right of the fluorescent yellow bollard and re-join the track by driving through the two arrays of blocks in the run off by passing to the right of the first and to the left of the second (see Image 1).

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  • Turns 3-5, any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 4 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the fluorescent yellow bollard on the apex of the corner, must keep completely to the left of the fluorescent yellow bollard and re-join the track by driving to the left of the block in the run off prior to Turn 5 (see Images 2 & 3).

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  • Turns 8 and 9, any driver going straight on at turn 8 must re-join the track by driving through the four arrays of blocks in the escape road, to the left of the first, to the right of the second, to the left of the third and to the right of the fourth.
  • Turns 1-2, Turns 3-5, Turns 8-9, each time any car fails to negotiate Turns 1-2 or Turns 3-5 and/or Turns 8-9 by using the track as described above, drivers will be investigated by the stewards after the race and may incur a time penalty.
  • 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. d) 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 3.3.7.2.

 

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.

 

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