W Series driver handed bizarre five-minute time penalty during Hungary practice

W Series driver Jessica Hawkins was given a bizarre penalty during free practice at the Hungaroring on Friday.

Hawkins, who drives for Click2Drive Bristol Street Motors Racing, exceeded track limits on four occasions during the session.

Race Control then opted to hand her a five-minute penalty as a result, forcing her to wait in the pit lane while the clock ticked down and other drivers rounded the circuit.

W Series is supporting the Formula 1 weekend in Hungary this weekend, with the sixth round of the campaign taking place.

Track limits have been heavily enforced in F1 and its support categories this year, with a large number of lap times deleted throughout the season, particularly in Austria.

It led to a debate over how track limits should be policed, and if the white line should define the edge of the track due to the sheer number of lap times that were deleted.

Beitske Visser ended the W Series practice session from Hungary in first place, followed by Sarah Moore and Jamie Chadwick.

Chadwick has taken every race victory on offer this year, and currently holds a mammoth 70-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

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