How AI tech will set track limits

Race two of Formula One's European triple header occurs this weekend in Austria. Track restrictions, one of F1's most controversial problems, have been discussed extensively at the Red Bull Ring in recent years, making it the perfect spot to start this week's Paddock Diary.  

Formula One has rarely been so ridiculous as at the Red Bull Ring 12 months ago. The FIA confirmed the results of the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, which took one hour and 25 minutes to run after its stewards combed through 1,200 probable track-limits violations.  

It was difficult to determine how many of the 20 drivers had crossed the white circuit lines during the 70-lap race and how many had kept at least one tire in action as they danced their car on the limit of adhesion.  

The FIA's detailed examination yielded 12 penalties for eight drivers, which affected every position but two from fourth to 19th.  

The race showed that 2024 needed a solution.  

The 2023 race had a familiar issue. The large asphalt run-off sections on Turns 9 and 10 exits encourage drivers to hurry into the corner, knowing they may run wide without penalty.  

The FIA promised to enforce a three-strikes policy to prevent drivers from establishing a lap time advantage. A driver can receive three track limit warnings during a race before a 10-second penalty for a fourth violation and five-second penalties for any subsequent violation.  

World champion Max Verstappen says it's easy to agree to in a briefing room but hard to follow in battle.  

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