The FIA Have Warned Drivers Of Possible Point Deductions Going Into The Title Decider – WTF1
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The FIA Have Warned Drivers Of Possible Point Deductions Going Into The Title Decider

It’s here—the title decider. We’ve had 21 races this year, yet we go into the last round with both championship rivals tied on points. With either Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton winning the drivers’ championship this weekend, the FIA Race Director has warned all drivers that they don’t want to see any funny business on track.

You’ve got to be on your best behaviour, lads.

In the Race Directors’ Event Notes for Abu Dhabi, there have been some additions to remind drivers up and down the grid that their bad driving will not go unpunished.

“Any infringement of the principles of fairness in Competition, behaviour in an unsportsmanlike manner or attempt to influence the result of a Competition in a way that is contrary to sporting ethics.

“For all the FIA Championships, cups, challenges, trophies or series, the stewards may also decide to impose the following penalties: Suspension for one or more Competitions, withdrawal of points for the championship, cup, challenge, trophy, series.

“Points should not be deducted separately from Drivers and Competitors, save in exceptional circumstances.”

These rules and regulations already exist in the FIA’s various codes and haven’t just been introduced this weekend. Although it’s very rare to hear of points being deducted as a standard punishment is some kind of time penalty.

Perhaps the FIA are considering that time penalties aren’t really impacting the grid as much as they should. Take Silverstone, for example. Hamilton and Verstappen came together at Copse corner, and Lewis took Max out of the race in a big shunt. Lewis got a ten-second penalty for being predominantly at fault but still won the race, with Max out on Lap 1.

If this situation happens again in Abu Dhabi, with Hamilton wiping out Verstappen or vice versa, perhaps the FIA would feel like a time penalty wouldn’t be an appropriate punishment to decide the championship.

Especially given the fact that the two championship contenders have made contact on several occasions, taking each other out of the race in Monza and having several very close calls as recently as last weekend in Saudi Arabia!

Do you think points deductions is a good idea? Let us know in the comments below. 

21 thoughts on “The FIA Have Warned Drivers Of Possible Point Deductions Going Into The Title Decider

  • Yep. Absolutely, Points deduction should be far more frequent for both Drivers and Teams. The drivers should be driving for the team first and themselves second so punishing the team as well would help to ensure the culture of the team is one of camaraderie and not personal drive to glory. We see how every single point can matter, in this season, in 2007, 2008, in 2016 when it was very few points that made the difference. And how much goes into getting the extra point for fastest lap? If the teams value the points so much then they are the stewards/FIA’s most valuable tool for ensuring fairplay.

    • Chris Collins says:

      Or give max the penalties he should of got. Burn out on the finishing. Changing direction under breaking. Weaving to defend his position. The penalty they was going to give max at Silverstone. Penalty for cutting corners many times and gaining a lasting advantage. Penalty for test start in the pit lane. Penalty for running driver’s of the track. I can keep going on

  • Rick Hernandez says:

    Obviously these warnings are aimed at Max because he is the only one that could gain an advantage if both crashed out but Lewis is a got an ability to blame the other driver for his own aggressions so I bet Lewis will be seeking to whine and complain about the color of Max’s helmet at the decider. Since Since Brazil, and including Silverstone, Mercedes have most likely used an illegal wing that they won’t use anymore because the FIA finally caught up with testing it; however Lewis (not Bottas) has a rocket ship of an engine that mysteriously has triple the performance from the other versions they have used all year. A bit of a joke.

  • David Bradley says:

    Max the vindictive Dutch man/boy needs to except what sportsmanship is about then maybe he will win more friends from DAY one he pushed all the wrong buttons on driving and attitude.

    • Max the “Dutch boy” would’ve been champion by now if he hadn’t been crashed into twice by the Mercedes toddlers, who went on unpunished. How is he the one who has to learn what sportsmanship is?

  • It is good that this possibility has been raised.

    At least it will (hopefully) make MV think twice about a desperate lunge from second place.

    • Kenny Phillips says:

      The leaders are tied. If both DNF due to a boneheaded driver move, 0.5 points would make the difference.

  • Real question is , will Hamilton be desqualified if he crashes into max making him lose positions or get Dnfed .

    • They wouldn’t do that to Lewis. This is aimed at Max. Although they let Michael do it in ‘94 so he tried it again in ‘97.

  • The treat of points deductions is necessary. No one wants to see a Sennna, Schumacher champion scenario.

    If both drivers are taken out and one of then is a fault. Then the difference in points lost should be deducted from the driver at fault.

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