F1 drivers call for track limits guidelines
27 October 2017 – Formula 1 drivers have suggested that race officials need to provide better guidance with regards to track limits, in the wake of the latest controversy in the sport.
Max Verstappen was handed a post-race time penalty in the wake of his move on Kimi Räikkönen in Austin, after he was judged to have exceeded track limits.
Verstappen pointed to a lack of clarity on the regulations, and outlined that a better solution is required, such as grass or gravel, to act as a deterrent.
"It's not self-discipline, because I think we know quite well what to do and what not to do," said Verstappen on the situation.
"But they [officials] never told us anything. Already from lap one, in practice one, everybody was running wide, and it was all fine.
"So then, of course, if it's not mentioned, they never tell us anything, we try to go as quick as we can.
"I think there's a very simple solution: put grass on the inside, or gravel, whatever, so you can't cut over the kerbs. In Suzuka, I don't think we have those issues, do we?"
Force India's Sergio Pérez concurred with Verstappen's stance.
"Nothing was said before, we didn't have any guidance of that," Pérez said.
"I think that incident was very particular. It's definitely something… we need to definitely have guidance on what is allowed and what is not allowed.
"In general I think the tracks have become very boring.
"If you go off, you have 100 metres to go wide. I'm not saying you should put a wall, but there should be a lot more gravel, so that if a driver makes a mistake, they pay more for it."
Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein added: "I'm not a big fan of big [run-offs] or sausage kerbs, so I would also prefer gravel or grass, it would make it much easier."