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FIA decides to renovate F1 driver penalty system

Formula 1 governing body FIA is talk about changes to Formula 1’s driver penalty system, they are currently discussing modify to the way penalty are handed out.

FIA drivers’ Steward Derek Warwick says that the strength of the existing regulations had been discussed through a latest conference of the stewards’ council in Paris, and that “a few changes might be coming” as a consequence.

“We had a council meeting in Paris which I headed with Charlie [Whiting] and came away with some good ideas,” Warwick told Autosport.

“Whether anything can come of them and they can be introduced, I don’t know – this is all a new process, we didn’t use to have these meetings. Charlie will go away, analyse it and make recommendations. There might be a few changes coming along in the next few months or year.

“There is a code out there but I don’t always agree with it – a drive through is too harsh a penalty for some incidents and not harsh enough for others. There is still room for tweaking.

“There were a few ideas to come out of the meeting with all the permanent stewards which were quite interesting. Charlie will produce an agenda and give it to Jean [Todt], but whether they can be introduced next year I don’t know yet. This is all new, we didn’t used to have these meetings.”

“There are penalties inherited over time. Is a drive through at Canada, where you lose about 15s, the same as one at somewhere like Abu Dhabi for example?,” . They all average out eventually, but I think we are always looking at changes.” he added.

“I can look back this year and think certain penalties have been too strong or too weak,” he admitted. “If I step back I don’t agree with some decisions, but that’s because I don’t have all the facts.

“I thought Schumacher should have been banned [following his move on Rubens Barrichello at Hungary 2010] but that wasn’t the vote of the stewards. We haven’t got all the facts. In the stewards room we have. We have all the angles, all the data and can make a more correct judgement.”


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