As part of its’f 1 Fan Voice’ on the web community, f 1 regularly carries out surveys to measure the feedback of its audience.
At the most recent of these surveys, it notes that”Research conducted by Formula 1 shows that fans are not pleased with the present grid penalties strategy”, also says it would like to”understand your perspective on some other options”.
Before record the options, which include finding ways to affect drivers’ free clinic conducting, qualifying performance and even implementing factors penalties, it requests fans to think that”any other should be… simple to understand; a temporary drawback to the driver; perhaps not encourage drivers to avoid running in qualifying; perhaps not financially-related”.
Alternatives that might influence a driver’s spare clinic prep are either reducing the range of tyres available to a driver for that weekend, or reducing their time to give them less chance of locating a perfect set-up.
Potential qualifying punishments suggested are adding extra ballast to an automobile for qualifying, reducing the fuel flow or electrical energy, or removing using DRS for that driver — all with the purpose of”rising lap time and resulting in a lowly grid position”.
Other penalties put forward for consideration are reducing ateam’s permitted end tunnel testing period, or giving drivers a stop-go penalty that can be taken at any moment through the race.
With the proposal of using points penalties, which has ever been suggested by teams and fans in the past, the poll asks fans to”Note that points are not deducted for any other breach in Formula 1″.
Points penalties could either be applied to the driver or the team, depending on which perpetrated the infringement.
For the penalties that would influence a driver’s spare clinic or qualifying, some rules breach that happened too late in the weekend for its punishment to be served would be transported on to the following event.