Mosley proposes new penalty system

Mosley proposes new penalty system

FIA president Max Mosley has proposed a new system of awarding penalties to drivers for on-track incidents, which he believes would be better than the current system of drive-through or stop-and-go penalties. Mosley's idea is to use a scheme by ...

FIA president Max Mosley has proposed a new system of awarding penalties to drivers for on-track incidents, which he believes would be better than the current system of drive-through or stop-and-go penalties. Mosley's idea is to use a scheme by which drivers were given points on their license for misdemeanors during a race.

The Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello accident.
Photo by Shell Motorsport.
Stewards would then consider the points after the race so they could take all the available evidence into consideration. A certain number of points could result in a race ban. Mosley thinks the system would be more effective than the current one, which has often come under criticism for being unfair.

"This system would be much more satisfactory. There is a strong body of opinion that says you should have a referee who takes decisions immediately -- like in football," Mosley told Autosport. "I agree with that except if you don't have to, and we don't have to, then maybe it is better not to."

"Your first requirement is to be fair and what we have at the moment is bound to give the occasional odd result. Even if it is not unfair, people still think it is and that is just as bad."

"The big advantage is that if the driver disagrees (with a penalty), or the team disagrees, then there is the opportunity for both sides to be heard and even go to appeal. So far we have always succeeded in getting an appeal hearing before the next grand prix."

Juan Pablo Montoya was most peeved by the drive-through penalty given to him at Indianapolis after an incident with Rubens Barrichello. The Colombian felt it unfair that he was penalized and others have not been, citing the incident at Silverstone when Michael Schumacher shoved Fernando Alonso onto the grass but the German escaped penalty.

There have been calls for better stewarding and complaints that with different stewards at different races, the awarding of penalties has no consistency. However, Montoya is not so sure points on a license would be a good idea, as it could stop drivers taking risks or trying to overtake.

"We do want a different system but I don't think it should be by accumulating points or anything," said the Williams driver. "We are racing out there and if you start accumulating points for things then no-one is going to risk anything and nobody is going to pass anybody."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams