It is one of several changes to the Sporting Regulations for this season and was confirmed last December. Points can be added to a driver’s license by the stewards and will help to punish repeat offenders.
If a driver accrues 12 points in the space of 12 months, he will be handed a one-race ban. They will remain on a driver’s superlicense for one year before being removed, but they can be carried over across seasons.
Bottas was found to have impeded Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix by the stewards. As well as the penalty points, he was also handed a three-place grid penalty – meaning he will start Sunday’s race from 18th place. on the grid.
The Finn was convinced he was not at fault, but stewards said that he “did not pay attention to the approaching car and continued to impede car 3 through Turns 14 and 15.”
It was a dramatic qualifying session with heavy rain delaying the start by 50 minutes. When it eventually got underway, Lewis Hamilton powered to pole position from Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.
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