FIA open to 'good suggestions' over penalties
5 September 2017 – Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, says it is aware that the sport's current penalty needs to be reviewed, and is open to any "good suggestions" moving forward.
A staggering 150 places worth of grid drops were racked up at the Italian Grand Prix, as drivers exceeded their power unit element allocations and made unscheduled gearbox changes.
Under current Formula 1 regulations, drivers are allowed to use only four of each of the six elements that make up the power unit per season, before grid penalties are imposed.
A 10-place grid penalty is imposed the first time a fifth element is used, with a five-place drop imposed the first time a fifth of any of the remaining elements is used.
Meanwhile, a gearbox must be used for six consecutive events.
In the wake of fans' criticism, FIA President Jean Todt has admitted "there is something to address", though warned "solutions are not always so obvious".
"I'm not a magician, so it's something that goes through a certain process," he told Sky Sports, when asked if the FIA will make changes to the penalty rules for next year.
"The reason we introduced the penalties was to reduce the costs, so if we can make the situation better we will definitely do it, but we are open to any good suggestions."
Put to him that the FIA could take points off Constructors or take money off Constructors and give it to poorer teams and junior racing, he said: "Constructive change and proposals."
Earlier this year, Formula 1 reached a "broad agreement" to introduce, simpler, cheaper and noisier engines from 2021, after the current engine cycle comes to an end.