Why Does Each Driver Have Their Penalty Points? – WTF1
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Why Does Each Driver Have Their Penalty Points?

Ah, penalty points. They’ve been a big talking point recently, but what actually are they? Well, they’re handed to drivers if they do something that the FIA consider to be dangerous. This could be causing a collision, ignoring yellow flags, or even driving too fast under the safety car.

When a driver receives a penalty point, they remain on their licence for a year before expiring. However, there is big trouble if you total up to 12 of these points over the space of a year. Simply put, you earn yourself a race ban.

This article will also be updated over the season, so be sure to bookmark as your one-stop place for all penalty points news and updates. Any new penalties will be highlighted in orange. This article was last updated after the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Here is a breakdown on why each driver has their penalty points, and when they eventually expire!

Two Penalty Points

Hamilton was given two penalty points for his first-lap incident with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

British GP – Two Points
Expires: 18th July 2022
Reason: causing a collision with Verstappen during the race.

Four Penalty Points

Valtteri Bottas was handed another two penalty points for his mistake at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which he wiped out Norris and started a domino effect which also took out Verstappen and Perez. Perez, Norris and Bottas were all forced to retire, with Verstappen continuing but with a very damaged car.

Styrian GP – Two Points
Expires: 25th June 2022
Reason: dangerous driving in the pit lane.

Hungarian GP – Two Points
Expires: 1st August 2022
Reason: causing an avoidable collision in Turn 1.

Two Penalty Points

Verstappen ended his time of having no penalty points on his licence when he was penalised for the incident with Lewis Hamilton that took them both out of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Italian GP – Two Points
Expires: 12th September 2022
Reason: collision with Hamilton in Turn 2.

Seven Penalty Points

Checo is now on seven penalty points. He’s over halfway to a race ban, which is 12 points in 12 months.

Emilia Romagna GP – Two Points
Expires: 18th April 2022
Reason: overtaking two cars during a safety car period.

Austrian GP – Two Points
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: forcing Leclerc off the track.

Austrian GP – Two Points
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: forcing Leclerc off the track… again.

Italian GP – One Point
Expires: 12th September 2022
Reason: left the track and gained a lasting advantage.

Eight Penalty Points

Lando Norris started 2020 without any penalty points, but currently has eight to his name in 2021.

Turkish GP – Three Points
Expires: 14th November 2021
Reason: failure to respect yellow flags at Turn 8 during qualifying.

Azerbaijan GP – Three Points
Expires: 5th June 2022
Reason: not entering the pit lane and continued on track during a red flag.

Austrian GP – Two Points
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: forcing Perez off the track.

One Penalty Point

Ricciardo started the 2020 season with seven penalty points on his licence, but now only has one.

Russian GP – One Point
Expires: 27th September 2021
Reason: failure to follow Race Director’s instructions (left the track at Turn 2) during the race.

Two Penalty Points

Leclerc has two penalty points to his name at this point in the 2021 season.

Sakhir GP – Two Points
Expires: 6th December 2021
Reason: collided with Perez, causing Verstappen to take avoiding action and hit a barrier during the race.

One Penalty Point

Ferrari’s newest recruit, Carlos Sainz, has just a single penalty point on his licence.

Turkish GP – One Point
Expires: 14th November 2021
Reason: impeded Perez during qualifying.

No Penalty Points

As Fernando didn’t compete in F1 last year, he didn’t pick up any penalty points and hasn’t so far this season.

One Penalty Point

Esteban picked up his first penalty points in a 12 month period at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Italian GP – One Point
Expires: 12th September 2022
Reason: failed to leave one car width and caused a collision with Vettel.

Six Penalty Points

Sebastian had no penalty points coming into the 2021 season, however after a nightmare weekend at the first race of 2021 he picked up five points in a single across qualifying and the race. He picked up another for impeding Alonso during Austrian Grand Prix qualifying.

Bahrain GP – Three Points
Expires: 28th March 2022
Reason: failure to respect double yellow flags at Turn 1 during qualifying.

Bahrain GP – Two Points
Expires: 28th March 2022
Reason: collided with Ocon at Turn 1 in the race.

Austrian GP – One Point
Expires: 3rd July 2022
Reason: impeded Alonso during qualifying.

Six Penalty Points

Stroll currently has six penalty points as we reach the F1 summer break. He picked up two points for his crash at the start of the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix where he collected Charles Leclerc into Turn 1, who went on to hit Daniel Ricciardo.

Portuguese GP – Two Points
Expires: 25th October 2021
Reason: causing a collision with Norris during the race.

Portuguese GP – One Point
Expires: 25th October 2021
Reason: leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times during the race.

Emilia Romagna GP – One Point
Expires: 18th April 2022
Reason: leaving the track and gained a lasting advantage for passing Gasly.

Hungarian GP – Two Points
Expires: 1st August 2022
Reason: causing an avoidable collision in Turn 1.

Four Penalty Points

Kimi currently has four penalty points on his licence.

Eifel GP – Two Points 
Expires: 11th October 2021
Reason: causing a collision with Russell at Turn 1 during the race.

Austrian GP – Two Points 
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: causing a collision with Vettel in Turn 5 during the race.

Three Penalty Points

Giovinazzi picks up three penalty points, with his most recent being from the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Austrian GP – Two Points
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: overtaking during a safety car period.

Italian GP – One Point
Expires: 12th September 2022
Reason: leaving and re-joining the track in an unsafe manner.

One Penalty Point

Gasly picked up his first penalty point in the last year during the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix weekend. He misjudged the position of his AlphaTauri on the starting grid, earning himself a five-second penalty and a point on his licence.

Spanish GP – One Point
Expires: 9th May 2022
Reason: Gasly was out of position at the start of the race.

Four Penalty Points

Yuki has earned himself four penalty points during his rookie year in F1.

Emilia Romagna GP – One Point
Expires: 18th April 2022
Reason: leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times.

Styrian GP – One Point
Expires: 26th June 2022
Reason: impeding Bottas during qualifying.

Austrian GP – One Point
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: crossing the white line at pit entry.

Austrian GP – One Point
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: crossing the white line at pit entry… again.

No Penalty Points

With this being the 2020 F2 Champion’s first year in F1, Mick has no penalty points to his name.

Six Penalty Points

During Mazepin’s rookie year in F1, he’s picked up six penalty points and is halfway to a race ban. 12 points in 12 months is a ban.

Portuguese GP – One Point
Expires: 2nd May 2022
Reason: ignoring blue flags during the race.

Spanish GP – One Point 
Expires: 9th May 2022
Reason: impeded Norris during qualifying.

Austrian GP – Three Points
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: failure to respect double yellow flags at Turn 5 during the race.

Italian GP – One Point
Expires: 12th September 2022
Reason: collision with Schumacher at Turn 4.

Four Penalty Points

The Williams driver has four penalty points on his licence, with his most recent being from the 2021 British Grand Prix.

Turkish GP – Three Points
Expires: 14th November 2021
Reason: failure to respect double yellow flags at Turn 3 during qualifying.

British GP – One Point
Expires: 17th July 2022
Reason: causing a collision with Sainz at Turn 6 during sprint qualifying.

Six Penalty Points

Latifi had a clean licence until he picked up points in Baku due to a confusing piece of team radio. He has since been given three points for an incident on the final laps of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan GP – Three Points
Expires: 6th June 2022
Reason: not entering the pit lane as instructed during the safety car period.

Austrian GP – Three Points
Expires: 4th July 2022
Reason: failure to respect double yellow flags at Turn 5 during the race.

This article was last updated on the 23rd September 2021.

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