F1 drivers count on modifications to penalty factors system as Gasly nears ban · RaceFans

Formulation 1 drivers count on to see modifications to the penalty factors system after Pierre Gasly moved near triggering an computerized one-race ban.

Gasly reached a complete of 10 penalty factors on the Mexican Grand Prix. Two extra will result in him being banned from his subsequent race. As no factors will probably be deducted from his licence till late Might subsequent yr, Gasly faces beginning the subsequent 9 races figuring out he’s at critical threat of amassing a ban.

Whereas no Formulation 1 driver has ever reached the 12-point threshold and been banned because of this, it has occurred 4 occasions in Formulation 2, together with thrice since June. F2 CEO Bruno Michel stated earlier this yr the observe of giving drivers penalty factors for some infringements, comparable to exceeding monitor limits, needs to be reconsidered.

A number of of Gasly’s F1 rivals consider his scenario reveals a rethink is required and count on it to occur. “I feel there’s been already good discussions, and I feel it’s higher to maintain it inside, however from my understanding there will probably be some modifications made for the longer term,” stated Valtteri Bottas.

The Alfa Romeo driver stated drivers shouldn’t be given penalty factors if the infringements they dedicated weren’t in any means harmful. “The factors needs to be solely given when it’s actually harmful and could be hurt[ful] to your self or anyone else on-track,” he argued. “So I feel we are going to see progress being made.

“I don’t suppose Pierre deserves to be in that type of scenario, on the sting. However that’s the rule now. The principle factor is how we act with that sooner or later.”

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Sergio Perez agreed. “When it’s not associated to dangerous driving or errors there shouldn’t be a penalty,” stated the Crimson Bull driver, “and it will be actually dangerous if if he finally ends up dropping a race for that.”

Having not raced in F1 throughout 2021 and began this yr with no penalty factors on his licence, Alexander Albon moved midway in direction of a ban over the opening half of the season. He additionally believes the system is simply too harsh.

“I’m fairly excessive up there as nicely and I utterly agree with Pierre,” he stated. “Simply to present some context to it, I feel I’ve three factors on my licence [that are] down to trace limits, which is one thing which isn’t harmful in any respect. I’m not harming another driver or myself in that scenario.

“I’ve received one other two factors for a collision with Stroll in Jeddah, which I feel on the finish of the race, we as drivers deemed wasn’t my fault. So there are lots of factors on my licence which I don’t suppose are deserved.”

Albon additionally expects alterations to the system and stated drivers’ present factors totals might should be revised when that occurs. “We’re discussing about it, I feel there may be going to be a change,” he stated. “[But] if we’ve already received the factors on licence what occurs then? As a result of even when we do make steps ahead into subsequent yr do the factors that we simply received from earlier years or earlier races, keep on or no matter?

“I feel we do have to do one thing about it. I don’t suppose any of us are harmful drivers. I do perceive, in fact, it’s best to punish drivers in the event that they do harmful issues. However I feel lots of the factors that everybody has proper now aren’t due to harmful issues.”

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