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Penalty points system for drivers moves a step closer

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012The introduction of a penalty points system which could see drivers being excluded from races has moved a step closer.

Team principals have agreed on a structure for the points system according to Auto Motor und Sport. The plan received the support of seven of the eleven team principals and will now be considered for implementation by the FIA.

Under the plan drivers would receive penalty points for a range of misdemeanours. They continue to accrue them until they reach at least 12, at which time they receive a race ban.

The following misdemeanours would incur the following points penalties:

Infraction Points
Race ban 5
Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by more than 20kph 3
Caused a dangerous collision 3
Ignored the black flag 3
Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by 10-20kph 2
Caused a collision 2
Dangerously impeded another driver 2
Dangerously forced another driver off the track 2
Drove too quickly in a yellow or red flag situation 2
Ignored the blue flag 2
False start 2
Overtook the Safety Car 2
Exceeded the Safety Car delta time 2
Dangerous exit from a pit stop 2
Ignored the weigh station during qualifying 2
Missed the drivers’ briefing or arrived late 1
Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by up to 10kph 1
Impeded another driver 1
Forced another driver off the track 1
Gained an advantage by leaving the track 1
Crossed the white line at the pit lane exit 1
Ignored the red light at the pit lane exit 1
Overtook another car under the Safety Car 1
Failed to maintain correct distance to the Safety Car 1

Existing penalties will remain in place so a driver who was given a grid drop for impeding a driver would also receive the corresponding penalty points.

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  1. Traverse (@)
    9th May 2013, 12:52

    The Infraction ‘Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by more than 20kph’ genuinely made me LOL, although speeding in the pit lane is of course no laughing matter.

    1. “Fighting and pushing hard for a victory: 10 points”

      1. maybe we will see negative point for caterham and marrusia driver

      2. Ignored team orders: 25 points? I know at least one driver that would support such infraction.

        1. Traverse (@)
          9th May 2013, 18:17

          Moaning like a big baby because your faster teammate overtakes you: 228 points. I know at least two drivers that would support such an infraction. ;)

          1. If it’s found to be Hamilton’s fault – 30 points.

          2. This is beginning to sound like one of those old MasterCard adverts… Complaining about radio transmissions being broadcast.. pointless.

          3. Traverse (@)
            10th May 2013, 11:10

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    2. 300kph in the pits, 3 points… no comments…

      1. The Victorian govt would be very interested in installing speed cameras around Albert Park

    3. Actually I think Valtteri broke the speed limit by more than 20 kph a few races ago so it’s not unheard of.

    4. Fernando ‘he pushed me off the track’ Alonso, would be a happy man now…

      1. David (@mansellsmoustache)
        9th May 2013, 22:38

        Fernando ‘he dangerously pushed me off track’ Alonso now, surely ;-).

  2. In principle I am in favor of such a system.
    But this seems to penalize drivers double for some things (how will it work with a race ban giving you 5 extra points?) Ignoring red / yellow seems ridiculously little points, but I guess its because that comes on top of a drive through/stop and go. And if the penalties for speeding are the harshest things, I really think the focus the wrong way around!

    1. @bascb

      how will it work with a race ban giving you 5 extra points?

      I imagine that the offending driver would get five extra points on their record when they return, as a knd of probation – they’ve already been banned once, so it’s going to take less to get them banned a second time.

      1. @prisoner-monkeys
        Hah, I have not thought of that, but it is clearly a good candidate.

      2. But how does that work with the ultimate penalty for achieving 12 points?

        I mean, the idea is, that when you get 12 points you get a race ban (and you start from 0 again), only with the race ban you get an extra 5? Wouldn’t it then make more sense to have a race ban make only 7 points go away?

        1. @bascb I think a ban based on the 12 points won’t give any more point but it is for someone receiving a race ban for something else …

          1. Hopefully getting to 12 means you start again with 5. If you’ve been banned once in a season, you should have a shorter time to get back to the penalty box. Makes perfect sense to me.

    2. @bascb I think you get a ban for 5 points, not the other way around :)

      But I think with these values for each ‘mistake’ 5 is a very low value, you can get a ban really easy. Consider a driver is in a hurry to the pits to change the used inters to put on new slicks. The pitlane could get really busy, say the driver couldnt slow down enough due to the wet track, he gets 1,2 or 3 points, if the lolypop is lifted in wrong time, he gets 2 points, and just for the sake of the example he crosses the white line. In this extreme example a driver got a ban with one pitstop, causing no harm to others.

      Im really in favour of the penatly system, but there should be clear definitions of all of the stated penal cases (most of them is clearly balck & white, but not all of them). If the infractions will be judged subjectively by the stewards, the whole pp system can backfire.

      IMO there are two possibilities:
      a) The stewards will not use the full power of the system and will give pps at only the extreme situations, like 2012 Spa, but that way the system has no meaning as they already have the power to give different penatlies.

      b)The stewarts will hand out pps in some cases, and wont in others, and by this subjectivity they can ‘rig’ the game involuntarily. Will they hand out a pp if the impending driver is a championship contender and one plus point would mean a ban for him in the final race?

      1. Should have read the article properly, just ignore the first section of my comment, but the other poins are still valid.

    3. @bascb

      But this seems to penalize drivers double for some things

      That’s no different to the system for driving on the roads in the UK; break the speed limit and you get a fine and points on your licence, causing injury or death by dangerous driving and you could end up in prison and get points on your licence etc, once you get 12 points you lose your licence, get banned for a period of time and then have to re-take your driving test to be able to drive on the roads again regardless of what other penalties you have incurred along the way.

      I would imagine that the idea is that you get penalised for the actual infraction with traditional penalties (drive through, stop-go, grid drop etc) but then get penalty points as well so that repeated infractions lead to a more serious punishment (race ban) which seems perfectly logical to me.

      And if the penalties for speeding are the harshest things, I really think the focus the wrong way around!

      Doing over 80 kph in a pitlane with a speed limit of 60 kph during practice (or at one of the temporary circuits) means you’re going at least 33% faster than you should be, given that pit lane speed limits were introduced to protect team members, marshals and journalists who are working in the pitlane I think that’s an appropriate punishment.

      1. Doing over 80 kph in a pitlane with a speed limit of 60 kph during practice (or at one of the temporary circuits) means you’re going at least 33% faster than you should be, given that pit lane speed limits were introduced to protect team members, marshals and journalists who are working in the pitlane I think that’s an appropriate punishment.

        – but not when you then see that ignoring Yellow or even red flags is only 2 points @beneboy

        1. @bascb
          Which is the same penalty you’d get for exceeding the speed limit by 10-20 kph, which seems appropriate to me.

          Up until the late 90s we’d regularly see marshals recovering cars and debris from the track under double waved yellows but these days we’re far more likely to see the safety car coming out for such a situation so the risk to the marshals is already managed quite well.

          Going 20 kph over the speed limit in a very cramped and crowded pit lane is, in my opinion, far riskier than ignoring a yellow flag, although I’d probably put ignoring a red flag up to 3 points too.

          I think we have to accept that no system is perfect but, personally, I’d rather see a system with slight flaws than no system at all.

    4. I’ve interpreted it that if you are banned from a race (by committing a major offence such as Grosjean did last year or by reaching the >12 points) then you will serve that penalty and then when you return you will start from 5 points, as @prisoner-monkeys has said.

      I think that’s fair enough, as then major offenders will be banned more often and so will not pose as much of a danger to other drivers, although so far even Maldonado has been behaving himself this year (although I think that’s more due to the fact he’s been too busy crashing into gravel traps to hit other cars)!

  3. Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by more than 20kph
    Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by 10-20kph
    False start
    Exceeded the Safety Car delta time
    Dangerous exit from a pit stop
    Ignored the weigh station during qualifying
    Missed the drivers’ briefing or arrived late
    Exceeded the speed limit (at any time) by up to 10kph
    Crossed the white line at the pit lane exit

    Points towards race ban for doing things like above? Really, I mean, REALLY? Race ban for few speedings in the pitlane, false start and dangerous exit from a pit stop, which is sole responsibility of a team? Is it late April Fools or what?

    1. Race ban for few speedings in the pitlane, false start

      If a driver manages to speed in the pit lane or jump the start several times, something is seriously wrong.

      dangerous exit from a pit stop, which is sole responsibility of a team

      Drives are already given drive-through penalties for dangerous releases, even though they are, as you say, the “sole responsibility of the team”. And giving the driver penalty points does penalise the team. Say Marussia have an unsafe release for Jules Bianchi, who has previously exceeded the pit lane speed limit by twenty kilometres per hour. He gets a race ban for it, which means the team are forced to put Rodolfo Gonzalez in the car for the next race. If that’s not a penalty, then I don’t know what is.

  4. What it means to read only the title. I thought of something entirely different(points being substracted)

    1. Same here, already starting a text in my head…

  5. Those wouldn’t replace in-race sanctions though, would they? Otherwise a driver might think “Well, I got only 3 points thus far, let’s gain an advantage by leaving the track” or do a false start etc.
    Also, after a quick read I think the seriousness of some incidents don’t merit the points gained for them (some are too harsh, some are way too weak).

    1. No they will complement the existing penalties as said in the final sentence.

      1. @stretch can you tell that I only slept 3 hours tonight? ;) Thx for the heads up :)

        1. @gerdoner I missed that point too, your comment made me re-read the article haha!

  6. Nick.UK (@)
    9th May 2013, 12:58

    While a point docking for gaining an advantage by leaving the track might finally force drivers to not abuse run off, all the varying levels of offence like ‘impeed another driver’ and ‘dangerously impeed a driver’ etc will cause a lot of debate. If an argument over whether it was dangerous or not ends up being the difference between winning or loosing a title, I think we could see a scheme like this hastely removed. It’s far to uncertain.

    1. That’s not how it will work – think driving license instead

      1. Nick.UK (@)
        9th May 2013, 14:49

        Yeah I realised that pretty much right after finishing my comment :S

  7. I hope this doesn’t mean that race bans become more common. Imagine if someone on eleven points got a race ban for being late to the driver’s briefing.

    1. @slr
      He wont be getting the race ban for arriving late, he will get the ban for behaving like an overall ass the whole year. Which seems fair I think.

  8. Art (@artanonim)
    9th May 2013, 12:59

    I’m afraid we’re going to see much more race bans, if this system will be implemented.

    Imagine a driver with 11 points. He might be too aggressive on track. But getting a race ban thanks to poor work of the lollipop man (“Dangerous exit from a pit stop”)?

    1. I’m afraid we’re going to see much more race bans, if this system will be implemented.

      Doesn’t that address the complaints of some people? Every time Pastor Maldonado gets himself into another scrape, there is a chorus of people demanding to know why he hasn’t been banned yet.

      1. @prisoner-monkeys
        Absolutely. I hope that this gets implemented.
        I thought that while Grosjean was pretty bad last year, but he wasn’t half as bad as Maldonardo. But who got the race ban? Grosjean.
        With this system both of them would have got one sooner or later for their stupidities.

        1. @mads – Who nearly decapitated another driver when he caused an accident? Grosjean.

          Although Maldonado had a few questionable moments, I don’t think he was half as bad as most people made out. His clash with Perez at Silverstone was a silly error, and nothing more – but people started demanding a race ban for it, which was in no way justified. If it weren’t for other altercations, nobody would have given the Silverstone clash a second thought.

          1. @prisoner-monkeys
            No sure the incident in Silverstone was on its own, not very bad.
            Just like Grosjean pushing another driver in Belgium wasn’t very bad. Vettel has done that several times.
            But if we put them into context of the result and the previous incidents leading up to those two events, I think that it would be very fair to let the hammer of justice fall on both of them instead of just Grosjean.

      2. Point well made @prisoner-monkeys – the points system does exactly that – punish a driver who keeps making mistakes, cock-ups and bangs wheels with others only too often. Much like it does in real live with these kind of systems.

    2. In that situation, maybe the driver needs to look inwards first to work out why he ended up with eleven points that allowed him to get banned for someone else’s mistake.

      Now, if the team has 12 straight unsafe releases that are out of the drivers control, then yes, you have an argument.

      1. LOL @optimaximal, An argument that the team needed looking into quite some time before; hard to imagine the FIA, or drivers themselves, to let a team get there, more than every two races a season an unsafe release!

  9. ‘Impeded another driver’ isn’t this defensive driving and part of racing?!!

    1. @markyfun
      Impeding another driver is issued in qualifying if one driver on an out or inlap gets in the way of someone on a flying lap.

      1. That should of cause read “Penalties for impeding another driver is…”

  10. Traverse (@)
    9th May 2013, 13:09

    This is just ridiculous. How can exceeding the Safety Car delta time and causing a collision warrant the same punishment?

    1. They will still get a “proper” punishment (i.e. Drive through, stop go, 20 secs added at the end of the race), it’s just they will get these penalty points as well, to deter people from re-offending. I don’t see why it’s that ridiculous, as both of these misdemeanours would (correct me if I’m wrong) get the same penalty during the race, therefore they should both arguably also get the same penalty points too.

  11. Some of them seem too low.

    Dangerously impeded another driver
    Dangerously forced another driver off the track
    Drove too quickly in a yellow or red flag situation

    These are all highly dangerous and could seriously hurt people but only 2 points?

    1. And ignoring Blue flag – 2 points seems harsh.

      1. True both of you, but some of these may get tweeked if in fact they do go ahead with this penalty point system…and…I think there are degrees of seriousness. eg. driving too quickly in a yellow situation can be by 1kph or by 20kph so if it’s only by 1kph then the 2 points is in fact harsh because the infraction didn’t add that much danger to the situation.

        And ignoring a blue flag for a 2 points penalty might be harsh if it’s within the first number of laps and the offender didn’t really affect the outcome by not getting out of the way quite quickly enough, but what if it is within a few laps to go in the race and the ignoring of the flags for long enough caused one WDC contender to not be able to catch and pass the other, or get within the one second required to use DRS on him for a race win? Then perhaps to some the 2 points would not be harsh enough for the blue flag ignorer.

        1. Check that…as I think about it, usually the blue flags don’t come out early in the race, so I think that by the time blue flags are being waved it is to ensure the ones fighting for serious points don’t get unfairly impeded, so again, the two penalty points could be well justified and not harsh at all, as they could adversely affect the outcome for a serious race win or WDC contender.

      2. Actually, I think blue flags is one where it makes sense. If you give a back-marker a drive-through, this does not hurt much. Points towards a race ban might be a much more effective deterrent.

  12. One upside to this system is that more young drivers could get the chance to drive in Formula One (and not only in back-of-the-grid cars).

    1. @macaque Yes! That was my thought exactly. This has the potential to increase the importance of the reserve driver and give them opportunities to prove themselves.

      For example – If this were implemented this year, it’s not hard to imagine that a series of rookie mistakes over the course of the season by Gutierrez might lead to a late-season appearance by Robin Frijns.

      1. @pandaslap Then again Sauber had the chance to put Gutierrez in the car in 2011 and instead they called Pedro de la Rosa (at the time a test driver for McLaren). It wouldn’t surprise me if they called him from Ferrari next time…

        But sure, there are many drivers who might deserve a chance sooner rather than later (Frijns, da Costa), and others who could get a second chance (Heikki, Koba, Alguersuari).

  13. jimscreechy (@)
    9th May 2013, 13:19

    Ridiculous! So if you miss the weighbridge, (something no driver does purposely) and ignore a blue flag your 1 point from a race ban. Drivers will be on the track shaking in their boots afraid of being penalised for the slightest infraction. We’ll have them tip-toeing around on the track like they’re ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. I mean… miss a drivers briefing? come one, its almost like their just making stuff up to get a list which seems more substantial. there is no need for half of that rubbinnsh and most of the penalties are way to severe. Keep it simple and keep to the important stuff. We’ve seen drivers cause big problems get no or little penalties now it seems they want to dish out penalities like they are Smarties. All we want is some measure of consistency and some penalties for the serious or important stuff, not an Alcatraz worthy penal system… good grief!

    1. They continue to accrue them until they reach at least 12, at which time they receive a race ban.

      If you get a race ban you get an extra 5 points.

      1. jimscreechy (@)
        9th May 2013, 14:07

        Yes sorry I misread. Thanks for pointing it out.

    2. @jimscreechy I don’t know which article you read, but it clearly says:

      Under the plan drivers would receive penalty points for a range of misdemeanours. They continue to accrue them until they reach at least 12, at which time they receive a race ban.

      So they would have to do a hell of a lot of weighbridge missing and blue flag ignoring to get a race ban, if that’s what you’re worried about. :)
      And as for the missing the driver’s briefing one, I think that actually does need to be there, because the driver briefings are there for a reason after all (like y’know, for all the drivers’ safety), it’s not just a tea party.

      (Wow sorry that comment sounded ruder than I intended)

      1. Whoops, @zantkiller got in there first!

  14. Will drivers carry the point penalties the next season?

    1. @caci99 – I imagine that, after a certain amount of time, the points would be removed from a driver’s licence. Kind of like road licences; if you’re caught speeding, you lose demerit points from your licence. But after a certain amount of time, you earn those points back. The same logic would apply here.

    2. The system is supposed to be for the last 12 months, so each month the points collected a year ago would be dropped @caci99, @prisoner-monkeys

      1. @bascb thanks for that; that’s the only real question I had!

  15. surely ignoring a pitlane red light is worse than just one point, in the past this has lead to a black flag for the driver

    1. I guess you get the black flag AND the point for ignoring the red light. But yeah, compared to the penalty for speeding it sure seems this needs a bit of balancing.

      1. Yes, absolutely. It’s not replacing the current punishments, they’ll still get the same punishments as before for breaking the rules.

    2. Arno Neemers
      9th May 2013, 21:23

      Several of these are definitely too low, even if they are supplementary to a financial or time penalty in the race itself.

      * Ignoring a black flag is just 1/4 of a race ban? So you can ignore a black flag safely three races in a row without penalty? Ludicrous.

      * Overtaking the safety car is just two points? So you’re allowed to pass it five times before we care? Again, ludicrous.

      * Ignoring the pit lane red light, as you note, is just 1 point — so you can safely ignore it 11 times before you get a ban. (That’s more than half a year’s worth of races.)

      Yet others are clearly too harsh.

      * Two points for ignoring a blue flag, something which doesn’t endanger anybody — it just inconveniences them. So an inconvenience is twice as bad as genuine danger (exiting the pits under a red light). What kind of bizarre logic is that?

      Also, it isn’t made clear but I’m guessing these points reset at the end of the year. If so, that needs to be changed, or the end of the year becomes a free-for-all. (“Well, I have seven points left, so I can ignore a black flag, overtake the safety car, and exit the pits under a red light without fear of penalty. Cool!”)

      Not to mention that in the final race of the year, there is no bite at all, because your race ban never happens.

      So no, I would favor a system where points from one year roll over into the next, but points expire after a full season’s worth of races. (Ie. if the current race is in a 20-race season, any points from more than 20 races ago are ignored.) That way, at all times, you have to pay attention to your conduct.

      I favor the system, incidentally, I just believe it needs a lot of tuning. Dangerous and unsporting actions should be penalized a lot more harshly. Those like the blue flag thing which are neither dangerous nor really unsporting (because it has no impact on anybody you’re racing against yourself) should still be penalized, but significantly less harshly than dangerous and unsporting behavior.

  16. I think it would be much better for the penalty system keep the same points as totaled above, but removal all the 1’s as I don’t think they are that serious (financial fine and a ticking off yes, points no). What they should actually do is deduct the points them from the individual Drivers+ Constructors championship points total instead of adding them up on individual licences.

    This would therefore mean that’s its only relevant for that particular championship year. I highly doubt GRO would have improved as he has this year knowing he had a lot of points on his license from his poor mistakes last year, as he probably would have backed off. Racing drivers are here to race, and a certain level of aggression has to be there otherwise who the hell would watch it?

    1. @timtoo
      The FIA have increased the cost of the superlicence, in return they agreed to bring in a penalty points system and do away with financial penalties for drivers.

      MotoGP have brought in a points system this year and for them the points are reset to zero at the end of a season, don’t know if that’s going to happen in F1 but I’d guess (and hope) that it will.

  17. could see kimi gaining points on skipping or arriving late on driver’s briefing.

    1. He’ll be where he’s required to be just as everybody else. Just because he doesn’t like interviews or chatting with random people on paddock or doesn’t go to track walks, doesn’t make him an irresponsible jerk who misses all important briefings.

  18. So if I understand this correctly Romain would have got 10 points for his antics at Belgium?

    -Dangerously forced another driver off the track
    -Caused a dangerous collision
    -Got a Race ban

    1. If you are suggesting he did all 3 of these things in one incident, I’m guessing they wouldn’t add these all up. He did enough to warrant a race ban, therefore he gets 5 points. But you raise something interesting. Did he not get a race ban because they looked at his previous infractions of whacking drivers in previous races, driving as though he had no mirrors or no clue where anyone else was on the track? They finally said enough is enough. Let’s ban the guy for a race and see if that straightens him out. He’s been causing too many adverse consequences for the key players for the Championship.

      If the points penalty system had been in place, presumably RG would have already accumulated enough points by Belgium that he would have excercised much more caution with his driving at that race, for fear of getting a race ban if he hadn’t already earned one. The thinking likely is that RG would perhaps have driven much more cleanly leading up to Belgium if there was a tangible threat of a race ban in play as opposed to the intangible concept that by the time he ‘did it again’ in Belgium they decided they’d seem enough through the season up to that point and should penalize him with a ban.

  19. Please, would someone do the math ad let us know inf it was in place already, how would be 2013 “points rank”?

  20. This is just wrong. We need Stewards to make the right decisions, even if they are unpopular.

    A driver losing control over his car in the breaking zone and therefore taking out the car in front of him might be punished with 3 penalty points according to this system, even though he didn’t do anything on purpose and would’ve done everything to avoid this if possible.

    Someone pulling a Schumi-Barrichello wouldn’t get any penalty at all while this is still something that requires (imho) a 3-race ban at the very least.

    1. 3 race ban? grid places lost probably, IMHO. But of course the “context” makes it also interesting to be considered as you say. (Crashing laterally the barrier in the straight line can prove fatal)

    2. A driver losing control over his car in the breaking zone and therefore taking out the car in front of him might be punished with 3 penalty points according to this system, even though he didn’t do anything on purpose and would’ve done everything to avoid this if possible.

      He may have not done it on purpose, but that doesn’t erase the fact that he lost control of his car. And it’s his responsibility to keep control of his car. In hindsight he would have done anything to avoid this if possible, but he didn’t. He took out the car in front of him in your scenario, so should there be no penalty for that as long as the driver doing the hitting says, ‘but I didn’t mean to?’ Where’s the justice for the one whose been taken out?

      But I think there is forgiveness in this scenario often enough. eg. a car has to slow unexpectedly, which then causes the next driver to have to nail his brakes, which then causes a third driver to hit the second one, but he really can’t be blamed for the accordian affect that started two cars ahead. In this case the hitting driver would not likely get 3 penalty points, imho, but then that’s different than the hitting driver losing control of his car.

    3. Just because it’s an accident doesn’t mean it should go unpunished. That is why false starts are penalised. It’s why accidental fouls in football aren’t ignored, or in any sport for that matter- if you commit illegal behaviour according to the rules for whatever reason (in this case taking out another driver) it gets punished. A lot of people started to think the same as you and argued that Hulkenberg didn’t deserve a penalty in Brazil last year, because they felt sorry for him after he became the great underdog- nonsense, he ruined another driver’s race. It’s unfortunate but the way it is and the way it should be.

    4. I’m not saying that those making an error should go unpunished. But there has to be a different penalty between a driver clearly making an error and another one taking out another driver on purpose.

      1. Yeah you are right and I think they do differentiate the two already. And for all we know, an innocent mistake may not even result in a one point penalty in this proposed system. They’re consulting over it and it is not even a given right now that they are going to instigate it, and I’m sure that amongst the many discussions they will have on this topic in the near future, many scenarios are going to be presented to ‘test’ the validity of this system. 4 out of 11 teams did not vote for this, and perhaps it is because they see shades of grey that need to be clarified with further discussions.

        Forgetting the points system they are proposing, as it is, a driver taking out another on purpose can easily be given a race ban or at least grid-spot penalties for the next race. And let’s not forget that often when there is a questionable incident, the stewards talk to the drivers afterwards before making a judgement and they have a chance to, between what they have seen on the replays, and what the drivers say about it, come to a conclusion that way as to who intended what. I think in many cases along with the evidence of the video replays, they can tell by a driver’s tone and body language and what he says and how he says it as to how much error and how much purpose there was to an incident. And a driver can claim innocent, but the video clearly shows his hands cranking the wheel and steering his car right into his rival.

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