Will the new F1 grid penalty rules work?

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Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:35
Haydn Cobb
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Will the new F1 grid penalty rules work?

At the final FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting of the year it was confirmed any driver who exceeds 15 grid place penalties will be automatically forced to start from the back of the grid, effectively ending the huge number grid penalties seen in recent seasons.

With the confusing numbers of 25, 30, or even 55 grid drops seen last season for engine changes scrapped will it help F1 end its confusing penalty rules? 

Has the FIA’s rule change been the right one? Or should the engine grid drop penalties be altered altogether in a new format?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:45
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It's not like much has

It's not like much has actually changed. A poorly performing team is still penalised heavily for performing poorly. No carrot, all stick. It is not beyond the wit of man to come up with a concession system for weaker teams, allowing them some leeway until they become competitive. Motogp has this and it has brought manufacturers flocking back and more exciting racing. It can be done.  Just saying that a 55 slot penalty is now called a 15 slot penalty achieves very little and the confusion sorting out who got what penalty when (to work out who starts last) remains.

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:20
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Well said! Completely agree

Well said! Completely agree with all of that