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How hard is it for drivers to judge track limits when strapped into the cockpit? Jolyon Palmer explains…

Former F1 Driver

Jolyon Palmer
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SPIELBERG - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) during qualifying ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red

Track limits is a perennial issue in modern Formula 1, with circuits moving towards asphalt run-offs for safety benefits, while the drivers inevitably look to exploit the advantage of opening up corners and using the kerbs and extra space whenever and wherever they can.

In days of old, there were predominantly barriers, gravel or grass in place to stop drivers running wide, and these physical deterrents naturally did the job. The same is true for modern day street tracks like Monaco, or permanent circuits like Suzuka or Zandvoort.

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