Mixed feelings over penalty points system
15 May 2013 – Drivers have expressed mixed feelings over the penalty points system discussed during a meeting of the Sporting Working Group in Barcelona last week. Although most teams have supported the idea, a few figures have raised concerns.
The proposed system, which has been mooted for some time, will see drivers earn from one to three points per offence, such as causing a collision. The points will then be added up and once a certain total is reached, a driver can be hit with a race ban.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who served a one-race ban for his involement in the Spa-Francorchamps first corner crash last year, is one in favour of the idea, telling RMC Sport: "If there a good system comes along, then why not? Right now, the stewards decide; it's like boxing or judo, when the judges decide, it's arbitrary."
Among those against the plan is reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who fears that drivers will be penalised for uncontrollable circumstances. The Red Bull driver explained: "Maybe I'm a little too old but I think we risk losing points for incidents that would not be entirely our fault. We are not drivers but racing drivers."
Governing body the FIA has the ability to introduce the system as early as 2014.