In the round-up: Alpine driver Pierre Gasly suspects “four or five” Formula 1 drivers may accumulate bans of the present superlicence penalty factors system is just not revised.
Gasly “not going to be the only one in trouble” if penalty factors system unchanged
Alpine driver Pierre Gasly believes the present superlicence penalty factors system must be revised to keep away from a number of drivers being banned over the approaching season.
Gasly sits on 10 penalty factors – two away from a one-race ban. He is not going to have any factors eliminated till the top of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in May.
When the system was first launched in 2014, there have been 19 rounds in a season. Next yr will doubtless see 23 grands prix and 6 dash races, for a complete of 29 racing periods. Gasly believes the superlicence guidelines have to be amended to compensate.
“I try not to think, because I see myself as not a silly driver or a dangerous driver,” Gasly stated. “I try to be careful with all the, let’s say, silly penalty points which you lose with procedures and stuff like that. So I try to be on top of that.
“I think my approach to racing has been the same and I really hope we can have a review of the old system over winter, because I don’t believe I’m not going to be the only one in trouble if we keep it that way. And it will be a shame to see four or five racing drivers banned for a race and having a championship with some guys missing out on a race.”
Ricciardo ‘would have been better off staying at Red Bull’ – Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo’s former Red Bull staff mate Max Verstappen believes that Ricciardo would have had extra success if he had remained at Red Bull fairly than departing the staff for Renault and McLaren.
Ricciardo has returned to Red Bull as a 3rd driver for 2023 after he was launched from his three-year contract with McLaren a yr early. Asked by Formule 1 magazine whether or not Ricciardo made the unsuitable profession selections regardless of his driving skills, Verstappen stated that “in retrospect you cannot ignore that”.
“It would have been better for Daniel if he had stayed with Red Bull longer at the time,” Verstappen stated.
PHM Racing run Charouz’s F2 and F3 programmes
German outfit PHM Racing will take over Charouz’s entries into the Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 championships subsequent season.
The Charouz staff will function the staff’s programme in F2 and F3 in 2023 however can be retitled ‘PHM Racing by Charouz’. PHM – based by Paul H. Mueller, has competed within the UAE, German and Italian F4 championships this yr.
“Joining Formula 3 and Formula 2 is the next step in our evolution as a comprehensive development program for young driver talents,” Mueller stated. “We are excited to offer drivers a team that can take them from karting all the way to the doorstep of Formula 1.”
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