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F1 stewards demand change over 'completely unsatisfactory' track limits issues

After Haas' United States Grand Prix Right of Review was rejected, the stewards report has highlighted an urgent area in need of change.

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The stewards' report into the rejected Haas Right of Review hearing over the final classification of the United States Grand Prix has labelled F1's track limits enforcement "completely unsatisfactory".

The American-owned outfit had launched a bid to review the final results from the Circuit of the Americas after believing a number of track limits infringements went unpunished for Alex Albon, Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.

While the RoR was thrown out following a two-day hearing, the stewards have acknowledged the issues surrounding track limits in F1 this season.

The subject led to a change of paint thickness at three corners at COTA after Friday's running, while there was an egregious number of penalties at the Austrian Grand Prix earlier in the season, leading to widespread dissatisfaction over the current policing.

Further solutions must be found

At the end of the stewards' report into the hearing, the statement read: "Given that, notwithstanding the formal outcome of this Decision, the Stewards have seen individual pieces of evidence that show what appear to be potential track limit breaches at the apex of Turn 6, they find their inability to properly enforce the current standard for track limits for all competitors completely unsatisfactory and therefore strongly recommend to all concerned that a solution to prevent further reoccurrences of this widespread problem be rapidly deployed.

"Whether the problem is properly addressed by better technology solutions, track modifications, a combination thereof, or a different regulation and enforcement standard, the Stewards leave to those better positioned to make such assessments.

"However, based on the timing of this Decision, it is clear that a complete solution cannot, as a matter of practicality, happen this year.

"But given the number of different circuits where significant track limit issues arose this season, acknowledging that the FIA in conjunction with the circuits have already made significant strides, further solutions should be found before the start of the 2024 season."


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