F1 to depend on electronic detection system to delete qualifying times

Daniel Ricciardo uses up all of the track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 22, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.

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The FIA has told F1 drivers that their qualifying times will be deleted if track limits are abused in qualifying in Hungary on Saturday.

This follows a successful trial of an electronic detection system in practice on Friday at Turns 4 and 11. Although times have been deleted in the past, this will be the first time that the FIA relies on an automatic system for curb track limits, rather than video and reports from track officials.

In this afternoon’s drivers briefing, race director Charlie Whiting confirmed that the detection system had worked well at Turn 4 in Friday practice, but that at Turn 11 still needs some adjustment. However, it will be operating effectively by Saturday. Drivers also asked about Turn 5, but the FIA’s view is that no advantage can be gained there.

In Sunday’s race, drivers are expected to have a couple of warnings before a penalty follows for continued abuse of track limits.