Max Verstappen has urged Formula 1’s rule makers to reconsider the penalty points system, suggesting monetary fines as a logical replacement.
During his debut season in Formula 1, Verstappen has impressed with his wheel-to-wheel racing skills, often pulling off moves that are unthinkable of.
However, at the same time, the Dutchman has earned eight penalty points on his license for aggressive driving. He is just four points short of a race ban.
Verstappen believes the current system forces the drivers to slow down while racing another driver, fearing he would make contact and be penalised in form of license points.
"It's a shame – they shouldn't stop us from racing," Verstappen was quoted by Autosport. "I can't change it now but definitely I have to be a bit more careful.
"I don't think that is what the fans want to see – that I have to back off when I want to overtake because I'm scared to touch someone. We have to maybe revise the system a bit but it's not up to me.
Verstappen suggests drivers should be fined instead, with the worse punishment staying the same as now - a race ban.
"Maybe they should do it in a different way rather than penalty points and eventually a race ban. They should come up with a fine or whatever. That is also painful but it's different than a race ban, because it's really bad for you career if you get a race ban,'' he added.
by Rachit Thukral