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F1 may introduce penalty points system

May 2, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

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Formula One may develop a new “penalty points” system for driver infringements.

A report by Autosport indicates this would be one of the items discussed by the Sporting Working Group think tank, along with a revised testing schedule and clarification of pit lane speeding penalties, for future 2014 rule changes.

Driver licenses would be hit with penalty points at small increments, only building later on. A mock system may appear later this year.

Such an introduction comes in the face of some the over-aggressive driving that populated last year, particularly by Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. Grosjean earned a one-race suspension after causing the crash at La Source of last year’s Belgian Grand Prix.

But this year, the incidences of contact have been fairly reduced; in a “penalty points” system, Esteban Gutierrez’s smash into Adrian Sutil at China could be a penalty-enforcing example.

It’s a delicate balance for the FIA to achieve, and would need unanimous support from the 11 teams before implementation, said FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting.

“It’s a complex question and we need to get the balance right because banning a driver is a serious issue,” Whiting told Autosport. “We need to make sure a driver genuinely deserves any ban.

“We will be monitoring offenses and running a [hypothetical] system in the background to see how it would all work if put into practice. We need to do that for a while.”

  1. indycarseries500 - May 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This is all fine and dandy but let me guess the FIA will still let the guys in the junior formule drive like complete idiots. They need to nip it before it starts.

    • apexassassin - May 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Have you ever seen a GP2 race?

  2. apexassassin - May 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Another silly discussion about irrelevant matters. I can’t see teams agreeing unanimously to incorporate this system which could see a driver recieve harsh penalties at the end of the season for events occuring in beginning of the year.

    Not to mention the new ultra-high Superlicense fee was supposed to nullify all monetary driver penalties and yet there are still drivers being fined for pit lane speeding, for example. The FIA/FOM/and teams are hardly ever on the same page, even when they agree on something.

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