F1 considers demerit points system for driver offenses

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 crash at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.Nov.17 (GMM) Formula One is considering a demerit style point scheme to penalise both on and off-track driver offenses from 2013, it has emerged.

Journalists were reportedly briefed about the potential scheme in Austin on Thursday.

“I think at the moment you’re meant to receive three reprimands and then you get something so I think it’s just presumably a further elaboration on that point,” said McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh.

It is believed that drivers could lose super license ‘points’ not only for on-track infractions, but also offenses such as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen’s podium swearing recently in Abu Dhabi.

“Providing it’s administered in a correct, consistent manner then why should we have any problem with it?” Whitmarsh added.

“It’s the same for all drivers and the same for all teams.”

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  • sdfsd

    Consistent :D! Nothing by the FIA and the stewards seems to be consistent to me. Look at all the different penalties for similar offences. Everything around us (also in daily life) is manufactered and organised in a certain way to keep us “happy” or “busy”

  • Joe Kinnear

    Not a good idea since the FIA has a problem being consistent.

  • From US but hate NASCAR

    Oh, yeah, this sounds like a good idea–start turning F1 into NASCAR some more.

    Just stop the nonsense. No demerit points, just fine them for their “infractions.”

    Better yet, stop the stupid post-race podium interviews. They were a bad idea and now they’re a potential PR disaster.