Know your limits
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
BARC meeting: Dunlop Endurance, Junior