For a long time now the whole concept of grid penalties have been the subject of debate. My own position is one of dismay that
a) they are so unnecessarily complex,
b) I believe mechanical defects should penalise the team more than the driver. (I am more than happy for drivers to be penalised for their own infractions in previous races.)
There have been some changes made in recent years, but none of the main issues have been resolved. Coupled to the ongoing reduction of annual engine and gearbox components allowed, we often see teams saving engines sitting in the garage during time they could / should be on track.
It seems now 'F1' is starting to talk to the fans about their (the fans) thoughts on penalties, and have promised to look at alternatives. In the latest of these surveys, it notes that "Research conducted by Formula 1 shows that fans are not satisfied with the existing grid penalties system", (no shit Sherlock! ) and says it would like to "understand your view on some alternative options".
F1 has said and asks fans to consider that "any alternative should be... simple to understand; a temporary setback for the driver; not encourage drivers to avoid running in qualifying; not financially related". I dont agree that the target should be the driver, and as for simple to understand they (F1) got us into the cesspit of confusion we currently have.
Alternatives that are being put forward as options are
What do others here think would be a good way forward with the whole penalty debacle.Alternatives that would affect a driver's free practice preparation are either reducing the number of tyres available to a driver for that weekend, or reducing their track time to give them less chance of finding a perfect set-up.
Potential qualifying punishments suggested are adding extra ballast to a car for qualifying, reducing the fuel flow or electrical energy, or removing the use of DRS for that driver - all with the aim of "increasing lap time and resulting in a lower grid position".
Other penalties put forward for consideration are reducing a team's permitted windtunnel testing time, or giving drivers a stop-go penalty that could be taken at any time during the race.
With the suggestion of applying points penalties, which has often been suggested by teams and fans in the past, the survey asks fans to "Note that points are not deducted for any other infringement in Formula 1".
Points penalties would either be applied to the driver or the team, depending on which committed the infringement.
For the penalties that would affect a driver's free practice or qualifying, any rules breach that occurred too late in the weekend for the penalty to be served would be carried over to the following event.
Am I in the minority thinking teams rather than drivers should be penalised?
They talk of no points deductions are made.... why not take away constructors points? Of course the downside of that is that some of the lower teams are likely to be more affected given their usual minimal pointscoring, and would be detrimental to their earning potential.
Put forward your thoughts in what is a problem that needs to be tackled. What would you suggest?
What do you think of the potential options put forward to date?
(It will give us something to discuss in the quiet times we are currently enduring.... )
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