The FIA shares details of F1 Azerbaijan GP with changes to circuit, DRS zones along with stewards names and also the pit exit/entry line.
The details of F1 Azerbaijan GP has been shared by FIA Race Directors’ note with Neils Wittich back in the role after Eduardo Freitas. The track limits situation is back to how it was before with white line defining the track edges.
In terms of the changes made to the Baku circuit, the note states:
- Pit entry and TecPro at Pit entry new setup.
- New gate between Turn 1 and Turn 2 on RHS.
- New vehicle opening between Turn 3 and Turn 4 on RHS.
- Pit exit walls extended by 8 meters.
- Track verge line extended up to 4 meters.
Regarding the DRS zones, the FIA note states that the first’s detection zone is SC2 Line and activation being 54m after Turn 2. At the same time, the second’s detection zone is at Turn 20 and activation zone being 347m after Turn 20.
Continuing about the four stewards, Garry Connelly will lead the pannel having Matteo Perini, Mika Salo and Danil Solomin. The FIA note has also added about the pitlane exit/entry rule after the debate around Red Bull cars in Monaco GP.
The note states: “In accordance with Chapter 4, Article 4 and 5 of Appendix L to the ISC drivers must follow the procedures at pit entry and pit exit.” The ruling now states that the cars cannot cross the line with full wheel rather than just touching the lines.
The International Sporting Code states:
Entrance to the pitlane –
a) The section of track from the first safety car line (SC1) to the pitlane is designated the “pit entry”.
b) During competition, access to the pitlane is allowed only through the pit entry.
c) Any driver intending to leave the track or to enter the pitlane should make sure that it is safe to do so.
d) Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the Stewards), any tyre of a car entering the pitlane must not cross, in any direction, any line painted on the track at the pit entry for the purpose of separating cars entering the pitlane from those on the track.
Exit from the pitlane –
a) The section of track from the end of pitlane to the second safety car line (SC2) is designated the “pit exit”.
b) There will be a green light and a red light (or similar signs) at the pitlane exit. Cars may only leave the pitlane when the green light is on (or sign is displayed).
c) Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the Stewards), any tyre of a car exiting the pitlane must not cross any line painted on the track at the pit exit for the purpose of separating cars leaving the pitlane from those on the track.
Here’s the full FIA Race Directors’ note: https://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/decision-document/2022%20Azerbaijan%20Grand%20Prix%20-%20Race%20Director’s%20Event%20Notes.pdf