The FIA has released new F1 Driving Regulations

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The 20 racers competed in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix for the first time under F1‘s revised driving standards restrictions.

The FIA released the recommendations in the aftermath of last year’s on-track issues, with the fights between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton obviously at the forefront of the minds.

The FIA released the recommendations in the aftermath of last year’s on-track issues, with the fights between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton obviously at the forefront of the minds.

The criteria were only given to the teams, but the BBC reports that they had seen them as well.

When a vehicle is being overtaken, it is noted that if “a major amount” of the road is beside, they must leave “adequate room to an overtaking car.”

The overtaking manoeuvre must be performed “in a safe and controlled way, while allowing the vehicle to stay inside the track’s restrictions.”

Bahrain GP Winner’s

The same rules apply when overtaking around the outside, with the exception that when “a significant percentage” of the attacking car has moved alongside, such as “if the overtaking car is ahead of the other car from the apex of the bend.”

If these new rules had been in effect last season, Verstappen would have been penalised for his collision with Hamilton at Turn 4 in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, as the Mercedes driver attempted to pass his Red Bull opponent.

There are additional clarifications on hazardous driving and returning a previously gained advantage.

This places a greater emphasis on the judgement of drivers and teams rather than Race Control, perhaps leading to higher penalties if no unilateral action is taken.

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