At each Grand Prix event, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali meets with the team managers for an informal discussion on the latest developments in the sport.
And on the back of the track limits Portugal’s controversy last weekend, when Max Verstappen lost pole position and the fastest lap for running wide, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner a stated that the subject would be in the spotlight.
While there is no debate that Verstappen is breaking the rules after leaving the Portimao circuit, Horner believes the consistency of how the track limits are enforced needs to be discussed.
He doesn’t like the fact that in some corners drivers are allowed to run on curbs, while in others the edge of the track is defined as the white line.
Speaking to Sky F1 on Saturday, Horner said: “I think the main thing for us is that we are pushing the limits of the track. So obviously we had lap times [in Portugal] or passing places [in Bahrain] took us away.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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“But I think it’s just consistency from track to track, turn to turn.
“If the teams have a hard time figuring it out, I’m not sure how you’re supposed to explain it to the fan.
“So for us, [it’s] to have a blank line or a situation where you’re either in or out, like in other sports, rather than saying, “ Well, that’s okay in this corner, but it’s not okay in this corner. ”
“It’s terribly confusing, and I think there will be more discussions between the team directors tomorrow about this.”
Horner explained that it has become very difficult for drivers to fully judge how well they can get over curbs with their cars, due to the lack of visibility from the cockpit.
“[When you are] pushing like hell it’s very hard to judge where that white line is when you’re actually in the car, ”he said.
“It’s not like you have a rumble tape or anything like that. Max was absolutely on the edge, that’s what you want. And that was the smallest of the margins, obviously.
“He missed, but that’s what it is. I think there is a lot to be learned from moving forward, not only for us as a team, but also for the circuits and the FIA.