FIA confirms driver and power unit penalties for 2014

By on Thursday, December 12, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

The FIA has confirmed driver and power unit penalties that can be awarded from the start of next season.

Penalty points can be applied to a driver's Super Licence and they will remain with them for 12 months.

'In accordance with Article 16.3, the stewards may impose penalty points on a driver’s Super Licence', read the FIA's sporting regulations.

'If a driver accrues 12 penalty points his licence will be suspended for the following Event, following which 12 points will be removed from the licence. Penalty points will remain on a driver’s Super Licence for a period of 12 months after which they will be respectively removed on the 12 month anniversary of their imposition.'

The regulations regarding a driver's release from his pit garage or pit box across the entire race weekend has also been tightened up.

'If a car is deemed to have been released in an unsafe condition during any practice session, the stewards may drop the driver such number of grid positions as they consider appropriate.'

'If a car is deemed to have been released in an unsafe condition during a race the driver concerned will receive a 10 grid place penalty at the driver’s next Event. However, if any car released in an unsafe condition is able to resume the race a penalty under Article 16.3(b) will also be imposed on the driver concerned'

2014 is also the first year to feature the new 1.6 litre v6 power units, with the FIA clarifying the usage of the power units and any penalties should a driver contravene the regulations.

Each entrant is permitted to use five power units in one season. A driver will sustain a 10 place grid penalty for the first time a sixth component of any part of the power unit is used.

'The power unit will be deemed to comprise six separate elements, the engine (ICE), the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K), the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H), the energy store (ES), turbocharger (TC) and control electronics (CE).'

If any of the remaining components need to be used for a sixth time, a five place grid penalty will be handed down to the driver. The process continues should a driver have to use a seventh example of the same component.

The replacement of a complete power unit will result in a driver starting from the pit lane. In order for teams nearer the back of the grid to avoid gaining an advantage with penalties, sanctions related to the power unit will be carried forward for a further event.

'If a grid place penalty is imposed, and the driver’s grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, the remainder of the penalty will be applied at the driver’s next Event. However, no such remaining penalties will be carried forward for more than one Event.'


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