There has been a varied response from the F1 driver’s to the FIA’s proposal of introducing a penalty points system for the licenses drivers must hold rather than the current in-race penalties.
One man in favour of the idea is Frenchman Romain Grosjean, which as he admits could be “ironic” given he was the first driver in many years to be given a race ban following a horrific crash at the start of last year’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The concept is that stewards and the FIA have the ability to put ‘de-merit’ style points onto a driver’s super license, with a certain number of points accumulated earning that driver a race ban.
Grosjean said to reporters: "If there is a nice system that comes in, why not? Right now, it is the stewards who decide: it's like boxing or judo, it's arbitrary."
However, not everybody is in favour as Marussia’s young rookie Jules Bianchi believes the new penalty points concept is too arbitrary.
"I've heard that the sanctions could vary from one to three points," he said. "They're going to say 'You did it in this way, so one point. You did it in another way, so two points,’ so it won't be consistent.”
Current world champion Sebastian Vettel agrees with Bainchi’s point of view:
"I don't like it," the Red Bull driver admitted. "I've seen a sketch of it (the plan) and I think you have the potential of scoring points for some things that are not entirely in our hands, and small things that at the end of the day the consequence could be very big.”
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