Mark Webber’s 10-place grid penalty has put a focus on the ‘three strikes’ system, introduced to give some meaning to the previously rather pointless awarding of reprimands.
Webber was unlucky enough to be the only driver to already have two in his 2013 account. So who else has earned one this year and thus has to be a little careful over the remaining six races? Here’s the full list, in alphabetical order.
F Alonso, Stopping on the track (Singapore, Race)
J Bianchi, Failing to stop for the weighbridge (GB, Qualifying)
V Bottas, Failure to slow for yellow flags (Canada, FP1)
P Di Resta, Causing a collision (Italy, Race)
L Hamilton, Failure to enter the pit lane correctly [bollard] (Belgium, FP2)
C Pic, Re-joining the track in an unsafe manner (Belgium, FP2)
K Raikkonen, Below minimum time for SC lap (Monaco, Race)
N Rosberg, Failure to slow for yellow flags (GB, Race)
A Sutil, Driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit entry (Australia, Qual)
In addition Lotus has two reprimands, for an unsafe release in FP2 at Silverstone, and because a team member (actually a Renault engineer) was not wearing a helmet during Romain Grosjean’s stop in Singapore. Although there is no totting up system for teams a repeat of a similar offence could earn a stiffer penalty.