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Drivers warned against running wide at Turn 8

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All four wheels over the white line at Turn 8 saw 11 drivers have times deleted in qualifying © Getty Images
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FIA race director Charlie Whiting has warned drivers against running wide at Turn 8 and gaining an advantage during Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Turn 8 has proved to be a bit of a problem corner for drivers, but the tarmac run off area beyond allows them to run wide and, in some circumstances, gain time. In qualifying 11 drivers had times deleted after running wide at Turn 8 and Whiting has warned that any driver gaining an advantage in the race will be reported to stewards.

"During the race, any driver leaving the track on the exit of Turn 8 who appears to have gained a clear and lasting advantage by doing so, will be reported to the stewards. We would not, for example, expect a driver who left the track on the exit of Turn 8 to attempt to pass a driver in front of him into Turn 1.

"Furthermore, any drivers who repeatedly leave the track on the exit of Turn 8 will also be reported to the stewards.

"Drivers are reminded that if they leave the tracj they may re-join but only if they do so safely and without gaining any lasting advantage (Article 20.2 of the Sporting Regulations)."

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