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 British Grand Prix.

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

Four Penalty Points

Hamilton was given another two penalty points for his first-lap incident with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix and takes his total up to four points. 

Italian GP – Two Points
Expires: 6th September 2021
Reason: entered the Pit Lane when closed during the race.

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

Two Penalty Points

Valtteri Bottas was previously one of only a few drivers who hadn’t been handed any penalty points over the last year, however that all changed after his pit lane spin at the Red Bull Ring during FP2.

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

No Penalty Points

Verstappen has not got any penalty points on his licence.

Eight Penalty Points

Checo is now on eight penalty points. 12 points in 12 months equals a race ban.

Spanish GP – One Point
Expires: 16th August 2021
Reason: ignoring blue flags during the race.

Tuscan GP – One Point
Expires: 11th September 2021
Reason: caused a collision with Raikkonen in FP2.

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.

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 has kept things fairly in-check over the last year and only has the one point.

70th Anniversary GP – One Point
Expires: 8th August 2021
Reason: impeding Russell during qualifying.

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.

Four Penalty Points

Stroll currently has four penalty points to his name, collecting three during the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix and another when F1 visited Imola in 2021.

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.

Five Penalty Points

Kimi currently has five penalty points on his licence, with his first of 2021 being for crashing into Vettel during the final laps of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Tuscan GP – One Point
Expires: 13th September 2021
Reason: failure to enter the Pit Lane to the right of the white line during the race.

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.

Five Penalty Points

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

British GP – One Point
Expires: 2nd August 2021
Reason: failure to slow under the safety car during the race.

Italian GP – Two Points
Expires: 6th September 2021
Reason: entered the Pit Lane when closed during the race.

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

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.

Five Penalty Points

During Mazepin’s rookie year in F1, he’s picked up five penalty points.

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.

Seven Penalty Points

Russell picked up a seventh penalty point over the 2021 British Grand Prix weekend when he made contact with Carlos Sainz during sprint qualifying – this move also saw him receive a three-place grid drop.

British GP – Three Points
Expires: 1st August 2021
Reason: failure to respect double yellow flags at Turn 7 during qualifying.

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 19th July 2021.

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