Formula One drivers who run off the circuit to gain a competitive advantage have caused some controversy in recent times (notably at Spa) but there is a simple solution to F1’s problem that has already been used in other categories. The V8 Supercar and BTCC championships have featured sensors behind the kerbs at some circuits to catch drivers who abuse track limits. Repeat offenders are given a few strikes before eventually receiving a penalty. It’s simple, objective, and gives drivers a chance to use the tarmac run-off to avoid an accident whilst punishing those who are repeatedly gaining an unfair advantage. A similar approach in F1 would ensure drivers at the top level of motorsport are held to the same standards.
F1: Some categories already use a simple (& safe) way to ensure drivers respect track limits