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Date published: July 12 2022Editor
Several drivers have quite a few penalty points to their name, putting them at risk of a race ban if they have a few more incidents.
Formula 1’s penalty points system is designed to keep the drivers’ behaviour on track in check, much like that of a normal road user trying to avoid getting points on their drivers’ licence.
In F1, penalty points are issued for driver transgressions, with the amount varying depending on the severity of the incident. If a driver accumulates 12 points over the course of a 12-month period, the driver will incur a one-race ban.
So far, in F1, no driver has fallen foul of this rule. However, in Formula 2, Amaury Cordeel was recently banned from the Silverstone round as a result of collecting 12 points in only six race weekends. That was the first ban since Mahaveer Raghunathan was barred from the Austrian round in 2019.
Let’s see which drivers have to be careful over the remainder of this year…
F1 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen is one of the joint leaders of the unenviable points table, with the reigning World Champion on seven points.
However, all of these points are set to expire over the remainder of this season, which means it is Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll who need to watch their backs to a greater extent due to their most recent penalties.
With three drivers on seven points, there is also a trio on six – one of whom has only returned to the grid this year.
At the other end of the table, Ferrari boast the cleanest drivers at present – neither Charles Leclerc nor Carlos Sainz have any points, while Haas’ Mick Schumacher has also kept his nose clean.

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