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FIA details on Imola track limits, DRS zone, PU elements & more

Whole lot details for the Imola race is here.

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The FIA has shared details of track limits for Imola F1 race along with the DRS zone, PU elements and also the stewards' names.

The FIA Race Directors' note has detailed on track limits, which will be enforced for this weekend's Imola F1 race. They have had to explain in detailed manner for three corners mainly, i.e, Turn 9, Turn 13 and Turn 15.

Interestingly, the FIA Race Director has once again, only mentioned about offences for the practice session and the race, but not qualifying. This was hotly debated post-Bahrain, but it is unclear if the race constitute qualifying as well.

Here's the excerpt from the FIA Race Directors' note on track limits:

Turn 9 - Exit -

a) A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track on the exit of Turn 9, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards. A driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with the track.

Turn 13 - Apex -

a) A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track on the apex of Turn 13, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards. A driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with the track.

Turn 15 - Exit -

a) A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red, white and green kerb on the exit of Turn 15, will result in that lap time being invalidated by the stewards.

General – Turn 9 Exit, Turn 13 Apex and Turn 15 Exit -

a) Each time any car fails to negotiate Turn 9 Exit, Turn 13 Apex or Turn 15 Exit by using the track as described above, teams will be informed via the official messaging system.

b) On the third occasion of a driver failing to negotiate Turn 9 Exit and/or Turn 13 Apex and/or Turn 15 Exit by using the track during the race, he will be shown a black and white flag, any further cutting will then be reported to the stewards. For the avoidance of doubt this means a total of three occasions combined not three at each corner.

c) In all cases detailed above, the driver must only re-join the track when it is safe to do so and without gaining a lasting advantage.

d) The above requirements will not automatically apply to any driver who is judged to have been forced off the track, each such case will be judged individually.

Aside the track limits, the FIA has extended the lone DRS zone, from last year. For this weekend's Imola F1 race, the detection zone is 20m before Turn 17, while the activation zone is 60m before Turn 19. Additionally, there are some changes to the circuit.

As per the FIA Race Directors' note, the pit lane entry road has been resurfaced, while yellow bumps have been added behind the apex of Turn 13. At the same time, the yellow bump behind the apex kerb at Turn 14 has been extended and is now one continuous kerb.

Moving on from the track related stuff, the FIA also revealed the names of the four stewards for the Imola F1 race, with Tim Mayer leading alongside Silvia Bellot, Tom Kristensen and Iacopo Arcangeli.

As for the PU elements ahead of this race, the whole field is on their first part, apart from AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly and Red Bull's Sergio Perez, where Honda used their second Energy Store and Control Electronics on both the cars in Bahrain.

Here's the trophies for Imola F1 race:

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