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2013-05-06 08:24

CRASH PENALTIES: Formula 1 bosses are to meet in May 2013 to discuss the introduction of demerit points for repeated bad track behaviour. This was the notorious crash at Spa in 2012. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Formula 1 chiefs will meet in Barcelona to discuss the creation of a 'demerit points' system that could lead to drivers being race-banned for repeated misbehaviour.

Reports, including those from Agence France Presse and Britain's The Times, said the International Automobile Federation's Charlie Whiting would meet team bosses to talk about the new regime which might replace the mainly grid penalties and fines to punish on-track misbehaviour.


The system would see drivers accumulate demerit points against their F1 superlicence and multiple indiscretions would mean race bans.

"It's a complex question," Whiting was quoted as saying. "We'd need to get the balance right because banning a driver is a serious issue - we'd need to be sure a driver genuinely deserved a ban. We will monitor offences and run a (hypothetical) system in the background to see how it would work if put into practice."

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