Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2020

Formula 1 drivers have been given specific instructions regarding practice starts this weekend following the penalty Lewis Hamilton received at the Russian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was given two five-second penalties during the race for performing his practice starts at an incorrect location on the track. During the pre-race reconnaissance laps Hamilton drove out of the pits and stopped near the end of the pit lane exit.

For this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, where F1 is racing for the first time since 2013, drivers have been told they must perform their practice starts in a precise location before driving to the grid.

“During the time the pit exit is open for the race, practice starts may be carried out after the end of
the pit wall and adjacent to the orange band on the right-hand side barrier,” said a notice issued by Formula 1 race director Michael Masi.

“Drivers wishing to carry out a practice start should stop on the right in order to allow other cars to pass on their left.

“During this time any driver passing a car which has stopped to carry out a practice start may cross
the white [pit lane exit] line. Any driver crossing this line must move back to the right of it as quickly as possible.”

Hamilton was originally given two penalty points for the infractions, but these were later rescinded by the stewards.

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