Austrian GP organisers respond to FIA president’s threat

The organisers of the Austrian Grand Prix have fired back at a threat by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Organisers of the Austrian Grand Prix appear undeterred by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s recent warning that the race at the Red Bull Ring could be at risk of cancellation. 

The issue of ‘track limits’ and the numerous rulings on deleted laps during this year’s Austrian GP, often delayed and resulting in confusion, has prompted concerns. Ben Sulayem’s patience reached its limit after further incidents in Qatar.

“The solution is to improve the tracks,” the FIA boss stated emphatically. “We had the same issue in Austria – it was 1200 (violations) there. 

“I know some are resistant to it, but quite honestly, if they don’t (improve), there is no race. 

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“It’s as simple as that. We can’t afford this.”

Ben Sulayem’s stance has garnered support from many Formula 1 team bosses, as the ongoing issues with track limits have created a situation that some consider farcical. 

This has raised the possibility of circuits being axed from the F1 calendar if they are deemed unsuitable for the sport.

A spokesperson for the Red Bull Ring in Austria responded to the situation, stating, “We are in constructive communication with the FIA and (MotoGP’s) FIM and are constantly working to meet all requirements.”

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In response to the challenges posed by track limits and the need for better monitoring, the FIA has taken action since the Austrian Grand Prix. 

According to reports from Auto Motor und Sport, the number of personnel responsible for monitoring live track limits in Geneva has been doubled. 

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New software has also been implemented to enhance the monitoring of problematic corners and kerbs, ensuring that driver infractions are promptly added to the FIA system.

Ben Sulayem acknowledged the efforts of the stewards in Qatar, stating, “I have to say, congratulations to the stewards because they spotted it. 

“But is that the solution? No.”