CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
27 - 30 September 2021
From: Race Director
To: All Drivers
Document: Driver's Briefing
1. Matters arising from the French Grand Prix
- OFFENCE: Regulation 3.1.2 QUALIFYING IN/OUT LAPS – Drivers on a Qualifying lap impeded by those on in/out laps.
- OFFENCE: Regulation 3.1.4 RETIRING FROM THE QUALIFYING SESSION - Drivers retiring on track during the Qualifying session, or soon after leaving the pit-lane.
- OFFENCE: Regulation 3.2 STARTING GRID (STRATEGY SELECTION) – Drivers "ready up" before being instructed by league admin(s).
- OFFENCE: Regulation 3.3 DRIVING STANDARDS, 3.3.3 CONTACT WITH ANOTHER DRIVER(s) & 3.3.9 FORCING ANOTHER DRIVER OFF TRACK – Drivers not leaving sufficient space and showing a lack of spatial awareness.
- OFFENCE: Regulation 3.4 CORNER CUTTING - Drivers found to cut sections of the track during the Qualifying session.
2. Changes to the Circuit
- The opening after Turn 10 on drivers right has been significantly widened and extended.
- A short qualifying session (18 minutes) will determine the starting order for the Canadian 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.
- Drivers must not leave the garage at the end of the Qualifying session unless there is sufficient time to complete an out-lap and begin a qualifying lap.
- For guidelines on safe retirement, refer to section 9.
4. Tyre Allocation & Mandatory Race Tyres
- The following tyre compounds will be used for the Canadian 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 35 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 left of the solid white line at the pit exit when leaving the pits and stay to the left of it until it finishes after Turn 1. No part of any car leaving the pits may cross this line.
- For safety reasons, drivers must stay to the left of the white line at the pit entry when entering the pits.
- Drivers who are entering/exiting the pit lane must ensure that they do not impede cars currently on the circuit.
- Drivers who intend to enter the pit-lane must move over to the left side of the circuit, giving sufficient notice to other drivers, particularly those following behind.
- Drivers who are exiting the pit-lane must ensure that they do so without impeding drivers on the circuit. If there are cars approaching, you can only re-enter the circuit when safe to do so. Drivers who are found to impede, or result in drivers taking avoiding action from you leaving the pit-lane will be investigated by the stewards.
7. Track Limits
- Drivers must adhere to track limits at all times, regardless whether it is during Qualifying or the Race in accordance with Regulation 3.4 CORNER CUTTING. Drivers who do not adhere to track limits will be investigated by the stewards and will receive a penalty.
- Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 9 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element on the apex of the corner, must keep completely to the left of the orange speed bump and the orange block/bollard on the exit of the corner and re-join the track at the far end of the asphalt run-off area.
- Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 14 by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element on the apex of the corner (as opposed to the speed bump before it, see photo below), must keep to the left of the orange block/bollard and re-join the track at the far end of the asphalt run-off area.
- 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 220.127.116.11.
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.