“Bike ban” to stop F1 drivers hitting the track on two wheels

A new rule will ban F1 drivers from using bicycles or scooters during the traditional track walk before grands prix.
Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) AlphaTauri on a BMX bike. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain,
Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) AlphaTauri on a BMX bike. Formula 1 World…

The rule, implemented ahead of this weekend’s F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, was introduced by Formula One Management (FOM).

The track walk has long been a staple of every grand prix weekend, an opportunity for the drivers to wave to their fans while not travelling at such high speeds.

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It even has its own slot on the official schedule on Thursdays.

But drivers must walk, from now on, after their two-wheeled toys were banned.

A FOM statement read: “To clarify and to avoid future misunderstanding, the use of any means of transport (bicycles, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters, etc) is forbidden during the time window stated as ‘Team Track Walks’ on the Event Timetable. No exceptions will be allowed. This decision has been agreed with the FIA.”

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