Grid Penalty changes confirmed by FIA

Thursday, 07 december 2017, 05:37

The governing body of Formula One, FIA, has released a statement confirming changes to the Grid Penalty system which will be implemented at the start of the 2018 campaign following complaints from drivers and viewers alike that the current system had issues with timing and being too confusing.

At the moment, fines are issued to drivers when they exceed the limit of engine parts allowed for the duration of a campaign. If the drivers go over the allocated amount, they will receive a five-place grid penalty at the start of the next Grand Prix race.

However, as was the case with the Italy Grand Prix, grids can be confirmed as little as a few hours before the race itself which is the main reason for criticism of the current system.

From 2018 onwards, the engine limit has been set at just three per season, and there is concern that this will only result in a vast increase in grid penalties.

The FIA has released a statement and a new set of rules which was created to combat these concerns.

The statement reads: “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.”

Other changes included are:

  • Regulations relating to procedures for starting or resuming a race behind the safety car.
  • Changing the event timetable to increase flexibility.
  • Ensuring that testing of previous cars may only take place on tracks currently holding an FIA Grade 1 or 1T licence.
  • Provision for demonstration events in previous cars which does not constitute testing. No such demonstrations may exceed 50km in length and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier may be used.
  • Changes to ensure that oil cannot be used as fuel.
  • Introduction of a detailed specification for oil.
  • A minimum weight and volume for energy storage (batteries).
  • Changes to position of cameras and wing mirrors to accommodate the Halo.

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Comments (13)

  • Mary Ebbs
    So if a few drivers incur the 15 point grid penalties for changing equipment and have to start at the back all they got to do is time it right against the others also incurring the max of 15 and get a better position on the grid can see a lot of spying going on
  • Jerry Mascarenhas
    Only a few constructors are always on top. These changes will ensure the full points are not won by just a few drivers thereby ensuring more competitiveness making the race more fun.
  • Jerry Mascarenhas
    Only a few constructors are always on top. These changes will ensure the full points are not won by just a few drivers thereby ensuring more competitiveness making the race more fun.
  • Gino Ferrara
    3 engines, limited number of spare parts to be used, no winter testing, no dangerous overtaking, no more than one move at the start and on...wtf is this? Mario Kart?
  • Johan-Kristjan Konovalov
    They should take away constructors points as a penalty, not mess up the grid.
  • Bryan Brooks
    I'm still confused. Just make the damn things go round fast, look, and sound good.
  • Kelvin Wan
    Is this f1 or something else? Even online racing more fun then this
  • Vlada Zivkovic
    Trained monkeys would do a better job.
  • Vincenzo Mascia
    Lol this is better how exactly lol
  • Gavan Mitchell
    Can you explain why this move by the FIA is good?
  • Mark Kovach
    The more rules, the worse the racing
  • Mary Ebbs
    OK got it

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