FIA issues fresh Turn 8 warning for race
22 June 2014 – The FIA has issued a fresh track limits warning ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, informing drivers that if they gain an advantage by running wide at Turn 8, they risk being punished.
Charlie Whiting, Formula 1's Race Director, adopted a strict approach for Saturday's qualifying session, deleting times if drivers put all four wheels off the circuit.
Numerous drivers, including Q3 runners Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hülkenberg, were caught out and lost some of their qualifying efforts.
And ahead of Sunday afternoon's 71-lap encounter, the grid has been told that the tough stance will remain.
A clarification from the FIA read: "Any driver leaving the track on the exit of Turn 8 who appears to have gained a clear and lasting advantage by doing so, will be reported to the stewards.
"We would not, for example, expect a driver who left the track on the exit of Turn 8 to attempt to pass a driver in front of him in to Turn 1.
"Furthermore, any drivers who repeatedly leave the track on the exit of Turn 8 will also be reported to the stewards.
"Drivers are reminded that if they leave the track they may re-join but only if they do so safely and without gaining any lasting advantage."