Hungarian GP News

Electronic sensors to monitor track limits in Hungary

It was confirmed by the FIA today that they will be using electronic sensors at the Hungaroring to monitor how wide drivers are through a couple of key corners, in a bid to catch those gaining an advantage.

Track limits have been a contentious subject over the last couple of seasons, and have been particularly prevalent at the last two Grand Prix in Austria and Silverstone.

While the Red Bull Ring in Austria has built new kerbing which was heavily criticised by drivers for damaging the car, Silverstone was strictly monitored by the stewards which deleted many times during qualifying, including that of eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.

Sensors this weekend are located at Turn 4 (the quick left hander after the short back straight) and turn 11, as it is believed that drivers could gain an advantage at these corners.

A statement from Race Director Charlie Whiting to the teams said, “As the run-off areas behind the kerbs have been set at the same height as the kerbs themselves, the required deterrent is therefore not present.

“With this in mind we have installed loops 1.6 metres from the track edge which will alert us when a car has all four wheels off the track in these two locations.”

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