F1 » Penalty points confirmed in new F1 rules

Totting-up process to keep tabs on driver discretions, while pit-lane, engines and gearbox rules all receive a make-over in latest version of F1 sporting regulations.

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December 13, 2013 5:07 PM

1- There will be more variation of random track-limit penalties.
2- Subjective unsafe release penalties will affect the next grand prix, because ruining one race was not enough.
Well, it is not like I care about a championship in which one random race is worth twice as many points. NASCAR is starting to make more sense.


December 14, 2013 4:47 AM

I have got a problem with the rules applying to track limits. A car should not be able to take advantage of the huge runoff area beyond the white line to improve lap times - particularly during qualifying. In India 2013, RBR in particular had all 4 wheels beyond the white line in one of the corners during qualifying and got away with it.

Equally, to pave wide strips along the edge of a track after the apex of a corner is encouraging drivers to go beyond the white line to improve their lap time. You might say that it is for safety reasons but this is not so in Monaco and Singapore where any indiscretion will wreck the car. Have firm verges for safety's sake by all means but no hard pavings of any kind.

Most tracks are at least 3 cars wide these days with huge run off areas. Therefore drivers should not take advantage of such safety measures but made to drive within the white lines at all times as they have to do on street circuits.

The penalties should be clearly stated and not lef


December 14, 2013 8:34 AM

I do agree with penalties for going outside the white line with all the car BUT there is an alternative - Put grass immediately after the white line like it used to be, then gravel after a couple of metres. They basically have free roam these days, it's squeaky clean. Let's see the cars get a bit dirty again, or at least make the drivers care about going too wide. Some of the overtaking moves today were never before possible, no wonder if there's no definitive safe area to keep within.


December 15, 2013 4:06 AM

Dear crash.net authors and editors - 'thru' is not a word, you lazy excuses for journalists. You completely undermine any credibility you have as reporters of facts when you insist on misspelling words that a 12 year old knows how to spell. The addition of an apostrophe in place of half of the letters in the word is not an excuse.

You're spelling out numbers under 10 (correctly), so why skimp out out on 'through'? I expect more from a website that expects to be taken seriously as motosports reporter.


December 15, 2013 4:14 AM

Why drop the 12 points following a suspension? That makes no sense at all. Say Maldonado has been up to his old hi-jinks of ramming all and sundry off the track at every race. He gets, for example, two points for each transgression at the first six races, is banned for the seventh race, then at the eighth through twelfth races he gets no penalty? That's ridiculous.

Surely he should get the ban, keep the points and suffer a harsher penalty if he continues with the poor behaviour, not get off scott free on the next five occasions.

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