Know your lim­its

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Over the last few sea­sons, or­gan­is­ing clubs and the FIA have be­come more and more strin­gent with driv­ers who fail to ob­serve track lim­its.

Rightly so – if you fail to ob­serve track lim­its at Monaco you wind up with wheels miss­ing, at Sil­ver­stone or Monza there is no such penalty and driv­ers will al­ways push the en­ve­lope.

Let’s be clear – fail­ing to ob­serve track lim­its is gain­ing an ad­van­tage by break­ing the rules – but if the rules are to be en­forced it must be done con­sis­tently. With track lim­its it’s easy, you ei­ther leave the track or you don’t, but we see too much in­con­sis­tency in ap­pli­ca­tion of the rules as we saw dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing at Sil­ver­stone. This in­con­sis­tency in­tro­duces un­fair­ness which we ab­so­lutely don’t need – the equiv­a­lent of turn­ing a blind eye to a team run­ning a barn door wing in Q1.

Much of this re­lies of mar­shals, judges of fact and hawk eyes watch­ing the screens in race con­trol – but with cam­eras on ev­ery car in F1 the pin­na­cle of the sport should at least be able to set a good ex­am­ple of con­sis­tent ap­pli­ca­tion of the rules.

■ Croft, Ny­orks

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