F1 drivers must obey new rules regarding the run-off area at turn two on the Sochi track.
A polystyrene block has been placed in the run-off area which drivers must negotiate before rejoining the circuit if they run wide at the corner.
Revised notes from the FIA advises them that “any driver who fails to negotiate turn two by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the orange kerb element on the apex, must then keep to the left of the red and white polystyrene block in the run-off area and re-join the track safely at the start of turn three”.
A similar polystyrene block was used during last year’s race weekend. But it was removed before the grand prix following a crash during a GP2 race in which Artem Markelov hit the barrier while rejoining the track at the start.
The corner, which is the first braking point on a lap of the circuit, has been a regular trouble spot since the circuit was introduced to the calendar two years ago. A strip of artificial grass and a new negative kerb had been added to the outside of the corner this year to discourage drivers from running wide.
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