The difficulty of factors totting up was thrust into the highlight final yr when Pierre Gasly discovered himself at risk of being compelled to sit down out a grand prix for a comparatively small guidelines breach.
The Frenchman had acquired himself as much as 10 factors – simply two shy of the restrict earlier than he can be banned for a race – as the results of a monitor limits penalty on the Mexican Grand Prix.
F1’s sporting laws state that ought to a driver accrue 12 factors over a 12-month interval, then their race licence shall be suspended for the next occasion, after which the slate shall be cleaned.
Any factors earned stay on a driver’s licence for a interval of 12 months, after which they are going to be respectively eliminated on the one-year anniversary of every offence.
The difficulty over penalty factors left Gasly upset, and he vowed to speak to the FIA to induce them to rethink.
Talking on the time, he mentioned: “I am not going to lie. It is a very disagreeable state of affairs and fairly delicate. In some methods, additionally a bit embarrassing to be standing able the place I might be banned.
“After the season that I’ve accomplished, I do not actually really feel like I have been notably harmful over these final 12 months, and that shall be undoubtedly a harsh penalty.”
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR23, George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C43, the rest of the sphere in the beginning
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
Following Gasly’s dialogue with the FIA, it’s understood that the governing physique agreed to assessment issues over the winter to see if modifications have been required.
After talks between the rule makers, the groups and drivers, it was agreed that stewards would, from the beginning of the 2023 season, take a way more thought-about strategy when it got here to allotting penalty factors.
With the unique intention of the penalty system being to stop harmful driving, the FIA will proceed at hand out factors for offences which might be deemed unsafe.
Nonetheless, for guidelines breaches which might be extra sporting associated – corresponding to monitor limits breaches – then no factors shall be given out any longer.
The brand new strategy already had an impression on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, the place the stewards handed out sporting sanctions with out penalty factors.
Gasly nonetheless stays on 10 factors, nonetheless, along with his first factors attributable to expire on 22 Could. The total checklist of factors for drivers is as beneath.
F1 driver penalty factors: