Vettel opposes plan for penalty points

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

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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39 comments on Vettel opposes plan for penalty points

  1. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 12th May 2013, 7:12

    I agree with him to an extent. On the road you have certain rules like ‘overtake from the correct side’, ‘keep to the left/right’. In the absence of such rules in F1 its gonna be difficult for the stewards to penalise. Apart from things like pitlane speeding and yellow flag most others are difficult to judge. And why penalise the teams with points for a driver’s fault?

  2. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 12th May 2013, 10:50

    Missing a race isn’t end of the world. You usually DNF for very small problems. So DNF for 12 penalty points – what’s the problem? If you earn the points then deal with the consequences.

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