Penalty point system passed for 2014
28 June 2013 – Formula 1 will introduce a penalty point system as a new form of punishment next season, after it was passed, along with a number of sporting regulation changes, during the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council at Goodwood Motor Circuit.
The system, which had long been mooted in a bid to tackle repeat offenders, will see drivers who pick up more than 12 points banned from the next Grand Prix, with the figure then remaining on their racing licence for the next 12 months. The amount of points handed out will range from one to three, based on the severity of offences.
"A penalty point system for drivers will be introduced," said an FIA statement. "If a driver accumulates more than 12 points he will be banned from the next race.
"Points will stay on the driver’s licence for 12 months. The amount of points a driver may be given for infringements will vary from one to three depending upon the severity of the offence."
Additional sporting regulation changes ratified by the WMSC:
- Mercedes is now permitted to supply engines to a maximum of four teams in 2014.
- The procedure for a driver to be given the chance to give back any advantage he may have gained by leaving the track has been adopted.
- Four two-day track tests will be allowed in-season in place of the current eight one-day promotional days and the three-day Young Driver Test.
- Track testing will now also be permitted in January 2014 in order to allow earlier testing of the new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine units.
- All team personnel working on a car during a race pit-stop will be required to wear head protection, in a renewed push to improve safety levels.
- Each driver will be provided with one extra set of tyres for use only during the first 30 minutes of first practice on Friday, to encourage teams to take to the track.
- Only five power units may be used by each driver for the whole season. Any use of an additional complete power unit will result in that driver having to start the race from the pit lane. Any changes of individual elements above the permitted five, such as turbocharger, MGU or Energy Store, will result in a 10 grid place penalty.
- No more than one engine can be homologated by a manufacturer during the new homologation period, which will run from 2014-2020. Changes to the homologated unit will only be permitted for installation, reliability or cost saving reasons.
- Drivers must use a gearbox for six consecutive events, an increase of one.
- The pit lane speed limit has been changed to 80km/h for the whole event, except for Melbourne, Monaco and Singapore which will be limited to 60km/h.