Formula 1 Tweaks Grid Penalty System For 2018

There has been growing unease about the extent of grid penalties this year, with F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn claiming recently that they were making a ‘farce’ of the sport. 

The situation has become even more tense because of concerns that penalties could increase next year because F1 is going down to three engines for the season.

Following discussion at the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday, a new structure was announced that should get rid of the headaches fans have faced in trying to work out final grids when a host of penalties have been handed out.

From now on, any driver that earns more than a 15-place grid penalty - which is the equivalent of taking three extra new elements for the first time - will have to start from the back of the grid.

A statement issued by the FIA said: “The change to the power unit penalty system was also approved, whereby if a driver incurs a penalty exceeding 15 grid places he will be required to start the race from the back of the starting grid. 

“If more than one driver receives such a penalty they will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order in which the offences were committed.”

The FIA also said that other changes were being put into the regulations for 2018. 

These include:


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Source : https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/formula-1-tweaks-grid-penalty-system-for-2018-986583/

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