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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 Abu Dhabi 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.

Five Penalty Points

Valtteri Bottas was given his most recent penalty point for failing to slow when a single-waved yellow flag was displayed for Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri at the end of qualifying in Qatar.

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.

Qatar GP – One Point
Expires: 21st November 2022
Reason: failure to respect single yellow flag during qualifying.

Seven Penalty Points

Verstappen has managed to pick up seven penalty points in just under there months. With his first penalty points of the 2021 season being for his contact with Lewis Hamilton around Monza, he added another three points to his licence at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. He’s now over halfway to a race ban, which is 12 points in 12 months.

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

Qatar GP – Two Points
Expires: 21st November 2022
Reason: failure to respect double yellow flag during qualifying.

Saudi Arabian GP – One Point
Expires: 5th December 2022
Reason: leaving the track and gaining a lasting advantage.

Saudi Arabian GP – Two Points
Expires: 5th December 2022
Reason: braked in a manner which caused a collision with Hamilton at Turn 26.

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.

Five Penalty Points

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

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.

No Penalty Points

Ricciardo has no penalty points on his licence at this moment in time.

No Penalty Points

Leclerc last got penalty points at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, but they have since expired.

No Penalty Points

Ferrari’s newest recruit, Carlos Sainz, has no penalty points on his licence.

Two Penalty Points

Alonso picked up his first penalty points of his F1 return during the Turkish Grand Prix.

Turkish GP – Two Points
Expires: 10th October 2022
Reason: collision with Schumacher in Turn 4.

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.

Five Penalty Points

Stroll currently has five penalty points. He picked up two points for his crash at the start of the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix and another two at the Russian Grand Prix for his collision with Pierre Gasly.

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.

Russian GP – Two Points
Expires: 26th September 2022
Reason: collision with Pierre Gasly in Turn 8.

Two Penalty Points

Kimi currently has two penalty points on his licence.

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.

Three Penalty Points

Gasly has three penalty points to his name in 2021.

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

Turkish GP – Two Points
Expires: 10th October 2022
Reason: collision with Alonso in Turn 1.

Eight Penalty Points

Yuki has earned himself eight penalty points during his rookie year in F1, that’s over half way to a race ban!

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.

Brazilian GP – Two Points
Expires: 14th November 2022
Reason: collision with Stroll in Turn 1.

Saudi Arabian GP – Two Points
Expires: 5th December 2022
Reason: collision with Vettel in Turn 2.

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.

One Penalty Point

The Williams driver only has one penalty point on his licence which he picked up at his home race this year.

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 29th December 2021.

27 thoughts on “Why Does Each Driver Have Their Penalty Points?

  • Guys this is great articlr but you should update the years as you were putting 2021 instead of 2020 and 20w2 instead of 2021.

    • Katy Fairman says:

      Thanks. These dates are correct. They are when the penalty points expire and are no longer on a driver’s licence.

  • Sean Everard says:

    Cool article, you’ve forgotten to update Mazepin to say ‘Two Penalty Points” just under his name though
    Gots to keep on top of Mazepin – Penalties are going to be the ONLY points he’s scoring this year I’m pretty sure! He’d be a shoo-in if the championship were based on those though!

  • Sean Everard says:

    Slight typo – it says ‘One penalty point’ under Mazepin’s name and then 2 penalty points are listed
    Cheers

  • Mika Hendrawan says:

    In Latifi’s case they should give thebpenalty points to his race engineer who told him to stay out 😁

  • therealbensz says:

    This is such an essential article to read! All the plastic fans demanding a race ban for one single collision (HAM v VER) need to see this.

    • RuadRauFlessa says:

      If premeditation can be proven then there is already precedence for a 2 or 3 race ban over a single incident.

      PS: Not saying it is the case.

  • How did Russell receive 3 points for his collision with Sainz during sprint but Hamilton only 2 for his collision with Max during the race that caused a 51G impact? Feels wrong to me, shouldn’t penalty points be handed out according to the dangerousness of the action?

    • Russell only got one point for his collision with Sainz. And the stewards aren’t supposed to consider the consequences of an action only the action itself when investigating incidents and deciding what penalties to award. With Hamilton and Verstappen the incident was just Hamilton understeering into Max and Max’s impact was a consequence of that incident so Lewis was only penalized for causing the initial collision.

  • can any one tell be why Russel got 3 points hitting Sainz but Lewis only gets 2 for hitting max. what ever you think of the Lewis and max crash the amount of penitential points given out should be the same

    • try reading what it says. the three points were from last years race. the date shown is the date they expire. he got one point from this years race.

  • How does Hamilton have less points added for that accident then George for a far less dangerous incident.

  • How does Hamilton get less points for a far more dangerous incident the George that just seems unfair

  • Aruã Torigoe says:

    shouldn’t Seb’s 3 points from quali expire one day sooner than the 2 he got during the race?

  • Suzanne Minkels says:

    Hi there, Russell does have 7 penalty points however it states that he received three penalty points at Silverstone whilst he only received 1. Thought I would point this out!

  • Yuki will surely get banned from a race in 2022. 8 points now, and he has 4 more races before any of them expire.

  • Winston Longtrotter says:

    Can someone also list official reprimands? The list of occasions where the driver got off completely is also interesting. How many times impeding during qualifying or FP with no point or reprimand? Nice study for consistency and circumstances that influence the outcome.

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