Gasly: If the penal system doesn't change, 'four or five drivers' could receive suspensions

Summary: Alpine driver Pierre Gasly fears that "four or five" Formula 1 drivers may accrue suspensions if the current superlicense penalty points system is left in place.

Pierre Gasly in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)
By Mahaksh Chauhan | Nov 29, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


In order to prevent multiple drivers from being suspended during the upcoming season, Alpine driver Pierre Gasly thinks the superlicence penalty points system needs to be revised. Gasly now has 10 penalty points and is two from a one-race suspension. He won’t lose any points till the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix is over in May. There were 19 rounds in a season in 2014 when the system was initially implemented. There will probably be 29 racing sessions in total, including 23 grand prix and 6 sprint races, in the upcoming season. Gasly thinks that to make up for this, the superlicence rules need to be changed.

Gasly stated, “I try not to think, because I see myself as neither a foolish nor a dangerous driver. “I try to be mindful of all the, let’s say, silly penalty points you lose due to procedures and other things of the like. I therefore try to keep up with that. “I believe that my racing strategy has remained constant, and I sincerely hope that the old system may be reviewed over the winter because I don’t think I’ll be the only one getting into difficulties if we leave it that way. And it will be disappointing to see four or five racing drivers disqualified from a race while still winning the championship.

Should have remain at Red Bull

Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo’s former Red Bull teammate, thinks that Ricciardo would have been more successful if he had stayed at Red Bull as opposed to leaving for Renault and McLaren. After being let go a year early from his three-year deal with McLaren, Ricciardo has joined Red Bull as a third driver for 2023. When asked by Formula 1 magazine if Ricciardo, despite his driving prowess, made the wrong career decisions, Verstappen responded, “In retrospect you cannot ignore that.” Verstappen stated that Daniel should have stayed with Red Bull for a longer period of time at the time.

Charouz’s F2 and F3 programmes

Next season, PHM Racing from Germany will take over Charouz’s FIA Formula 3 and Formula 2 entries. In 2023, the Charouz team will run their F2 and F3 programme under the name “PHM Racing by Charouz.” PHM, which Paul H. Mueller founded, has participated in the Italian, German, and UAE F4 championships this year. The next phase of our development as a thorough development programme for young driver potential is joining Formula 3 and Formula 2, according to Mueller. We are thrilled to be able to provide drivers with a team that can take them from karting all the way to the Formula 1 door.



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