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Which driver is closest to a race ban?

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Several drivers have quite a few penalty points to their name, putting them at risk of a race ban if they have a few more incidents.

Formula 1’s penalty point system is designed to control the behavior of drivers on the track, much like that of a normal road user trying to avoid getting points on their driving licence.

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In F1, penalty points are awarded for driver transgressions, with the amount varying depending on the severity of the incident. If a driver accumulates 12 points within a 12 month period, the driver incurs a one-race ban.

So far in F1 no driver has broken this rule. However, in Formula 2, Amaury Cordeel was recently banned from the Silverstone round after picking up 12 points in just six race weekends. It was the first ban since Mahaveer Raghunathan was left out of the Austrian round in 2019.

Let’s see which drivers have to watch out for the rest of this year…

F1 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen is one of the co-leaders of the unenviable points table, with the reigning world champion on seven points.

However, all of those points are set to expire for the rest of this season, meaning it’s Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll who have to watch their backs more due to their latest penalties.

With three drivers out of seven points, there is also a trio out of six – one of whom has only returned to the grid this year.

At the other end of the table, Ferrari have the cleanest drivers at present – ​​neither Charles Leclerc nor Carlos Sainz have points, while Haas’ Mick Schumacher has also kept a clean nose.

seven points

Max Verstappen

  • Two points: Expires September 12, 2022. These were awarded for his collision with Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires November 21, 2022. These were handed out for ignoring double yellow flags during qualifying for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires December 5, 2022. Awarded for going off the track and gaining an advantage in the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires December 5, 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Hamilton at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Pierre Gasly

  • Two points: Expires October 10, 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Fernando Alonso during the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires May 22, 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires July 10, 2023. Awarded for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel in the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires July 10, 2023. Awarded for exceeding track limits at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Spear Stroll

  • Two points: Expires August 1, 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision during the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires September 26, 2022. They were distributed for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly during the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires April 10, 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Nicholas Latifi at the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.
  • One Point: Expires April 10, 2023. Awarded for weaving during the defense at the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.

6 points

Fernando Alonso

  • Two points: expires October 10, 2022. It was awarded for causing a collision with Mick Schumacher during the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires May 8, 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
  • One Point: Expires May 8, 2023. Awarded for cutting the track and gaining sustainable advantage in the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
  • One Point: Expires June 19, 2023. Awarded for weaving while defending in the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

Alex Albon

  • Two points: Expires March 6, 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires May 22, 2023. Awarded for exceeding track limits during the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
  • One Point: Expires May 29, 2023. Awarded for gaining a lasting advantage by going off the track during the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires July 9, 2023. These were awarded for forcing Lando Norris off the track at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Yuki Tsunoda

  • Two points: Expires November 14, 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires December 5, 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires July 3, 2023. These were awarded for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly during the 2022 British Grand Prix.

four points

Esteban Ocon

  • One point: Expires September 12, 2022. Awarded for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires March 20, 2023. Awarded for causing a collision with Mick Schumacher in the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires May 29, 2023. Awarded for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton during the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.

Three points

george russell

  • One point: Expires July 17, 2022. Awarded for causing a collision with Carlos Sainz during the 2021 British Sprint Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expires July 10, 2023. Awarded for causing a collision with Sergio Perez in the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas

  • Two points: Expires August 1, 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision during the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
  • One Point: Expires November 21, 2022. Awarded for not slowing down for a yellow flag at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.

Two points

Lewis Hamilton

  • Two points: Expires July 18, 2022. Awarded for causing a collision with Max Verstappen in the 2021 British Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricardo

  • One point: Expires March 25, 2023. Awarded for hindering Esteban Ocon at the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • One Point: Expires May 8, 2023. Awarded for gaining a lasting advantage by going off the track during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.

Kevin Magnussen

  • Two points: Expires May 8, 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.

Zhou Guanyu

  • One Point: Expires March 26, 2023. Awarded for gaining a lasting advantage by going off the track at the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires July 10, 2023. Awarded for exceeding track limits at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

A point

Sergio Perez

  • One point: Expires September 12, 2022. Awarded for overtaking while going off the track during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris

  • One point: Expires July 10, 2023. Awarded for exceeding track limits at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel

  • One point: Expires July 10, 2023. Awarded for exceeding track limits at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Nicholas Latifi

  • One point: Expires June 12, 2023. Awarded for ignoring blue flags during the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Zero points

Charles Leclerc

carlos sainz

Mick Schumacher

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