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In a bid to stop drivers from gaining an advantage by running off the track during the Canadian Grand Prix, FIA has expanded its corner-cutting clampdown to the third chicane at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Canada’s tricky final chicane has often tempted drivers into cutting across the run off areas at the final chicane. While FIA has looked to tighten this protocol in recent years, new measures are set to be used in this year’s race.
If you draw your mind back to 2015, new high kerbs had been built to dissuade drivers from straight-lining the corner and anyone running wide had to re-join through a bollard which forced them to slow.
While that system will remain this year as well, another element has been added at Canada’s Turn 8/9 chicane. Previously, there was a gravel run-off area. This has been replaced by asphalt.
In a note sent from F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting to the teams on Thursday, he said: “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 on the exit of the corner and re-join the track at the far end of the asphalt run-off area.”
Whiting said that a a red and white polystyrene block would be installed at the end of the run-off area which drivers would have to keep left of before re-joining the circuit.
A driver may choose to comply with these requirements, but only if they are forced off the track by a rival. If they do it themselves, a penalty will be placed on them.