Vettel opposes plan for penalty points

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Cataunya, Barcelona, 2013Sebastian Vettel doesn’t support the plan to give drivers penalty points for incidents which could lead to them receiving a race ban.

“I don?t like it,” he said when asked about the proposal after qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

“I don?t know, maybe I?m a little bit too old fashioned, I don?t want to make this too long but I think we had a lot of penalties in the past,” he explained.

“I think from a drivers? point of view we?ve been pushing for penalties and right now we are probably in a situation where we have more penalties than we would like so it?s a little bit of a vicious circle.

“I think the catalogue is not released entirely. I?ve seen some sketch of it but I think you have the potential of scoring points for some things that are not entirely in our hands and small things and at the end of the day the consequence could be very big. I don?t know if that?s the idea.

“Surely, if you want to adapt a system that everybody uses on the road, which is the idea, there might be some logic behind it, but at the end of the day we are not driving on the road, we are racing.”

Under the proposal drivers would accrue penalty points in addition to the existing penalties, and would be forced to miss a race once they reach 12 points.

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