FIA removes F1 grid penalty rules in wake of recent Monza chaos

The motorsports governing body came under fire at Monza after it took nearly four hours after qualifying for the final grid to be sorted out following a raft of penalties.

Fans were upset that they didn’t know what was going on, while some teams themselves weren’t sure how things would eventually turn out, as there was no official regulation detailing the process by which the penalties were enforced.

AlphaTauri‘s Pierre Gasly He took to Twitter to ask if anyone knew where to start: “Can someone tell me where to start tomorrow’s race?” He asked while waiting for Grid.

Ferrari Team principal Mattia Binotto was one of several key figures in Formula One who later said the situation needed to be addressed.

“Why is it taking so long? [to publish the grid] is that there are certainly different interpretations and that the regulations are not clear enough.”

“That’s something we definitely need to address for the future – I don’t think just how do we decide the position of the network based on penalties, I think the amount of penalties we’ve got is also quite a lot.”

In the wake of the events at Monza, the FIA ​​has now made changes to the Formula 1 regulations to explicitly explain the process that will be taken to sort out the penalties.

After the World Motorsports Council meeting in London on Wednesday, the revised rules in the Sports Regulations 2022 have already been worked out.

While this won’t speed up the process the FIA ​​pledges to deploy a temporary net first, which could take several hours on a Saturday night as post-session audits are still needed, clearer rules will at least allow teams and fans to work. On the network themselves directly.

What do the new rules look like?

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, get to the grid

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, get to the grid

Photography: Mark Sutton / motorsports pictures

The revised regulations, which are detailed in the grid element of the F1 sporting regulations for both weekends and regular events, define how penalties are to be delivered.

This details a new process introduced a few years ago that locks drivers into network drops, rather than constantly switching drivers forward as in the past.

Here’s what the new rules in Section 42.2 say about how to handle network penalties:

a) Ranked drivers who have received 15 or less cumulative network fines will be assigned a temporary network location equal to their qualifying rating plus their total network fines. If two or more drivers share a temporary grid location, their relative rank will be determined by their qualifying rating, with the slower driver retaining his assigned grid temporary location, and the other drivers receiving grid temps directly in front of them.

b) After assigning temporary network locations to sanctioned drivers in accordance with (a), any unoccupied network location will be allocated to rated ineligible drivers, in their qualified classification sequence.

c) After network locations have been assigned to rated unqualified drivers, sanctioned drivers who have a temporary network location, as defined in (a), will be moved to populate any unoccupied network location.

d) Ranked drivers who have accumulated more than 15 cumulative penalties on the grid site, or who have been penalized for starting at the back of the grid, will start behind any other ranked driver. Their relative position will be determined according to their qualified classification.

e) Networks of unrated drivers that the hosts have allowed to participate in the network will be allocated behind all rated drivers. Their relative positions will be determined in accordance with Section 39.3(b).

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