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Russell calls for review of penalty points system

2022 United States Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington. Credits: Mercedes

George Russell believes that the penalty points system needs to be reviewed amid the threat of a ban of Pierre Gasly.

Since 2014, Formula 1 drivers have been handed penalty points to their superlicenses in case of a violation of the rules. A driver is suspended for one race in case there are 12 points in the superlicense in the span of 12 months.

Gasly is the closest driver to a one-race ban at the moment. He has 10 penalty points, and none of them will disappear until May.

Russell thinks that the current system of penalty points should be reviewed.

“Conversations have been had, and I think the FIA will definitely review the points system,” he said.

“If any driver was to receive a race ban, it needs to be for something pretty damn serious, and I definitely don’t put Pierre in the category of a dangerous or reckless driver.

“A number of his penalty points have been through non-dangerous driving, so it would be a shame to see him take a race ban.

“Even if he were to get those 12 points, I think we need to reconsider it.”

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