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FIA to drop extra race penalties for untaken grid places

Drivers will henceforth no longer get extra race penalties for untaken power unit grid penalties, the F1 Strategy Group has decided.

For this season the rules changes so that untaken places can generate five and 10 second time penalties, drive through penalties and 10 second stop and go penalties for drivers who have in any case already been demoted to the back of the grid.

That has proved hugely unpopular with the public, so from now on the intention is that the severest penalty will be a back of the grid start.

There was some talk of the change being introduced for this weekend’s British GP, if it could be fast-tracked through. However FIA sources have confirmed that the change has to go through the correct procedures, so it won’t happen before Hungary.

“That’s a sensible outcome,” Christian Horner told this writer. “Theoretically I don’t see why it can’t be done for this weekend – it could be done on a fax vote for this weekend, if not, worst case is Hungary. I think generally it was a constructive meeting, some positive ideas coming out of it.”


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Sam Michael: “We were strong enough to race for points…”

Sam Michael says that McLaren showed a much improved performance at Silverstone – despite the team failing to score points for the second race in succession.

Both cars were well placed before the final safety car, but after the resumption Sergio Perez retired following a Pirelli failure, while Jenson Button slipped down to 13th on worn tyres.

“With the safety car at the end we were looking good for sixth and seventh there probably for a while,” said Michael when asked by this writer. “I think we would have struggled to keep Lewis behind us, because he was strong and in a good position. But we looked like we could have had a good go at Sutil and Ricciardo at that point, so we should have been around the sixth and seventh mark with both cars.

“It was different to Montreal. I know there were a couple of positions there that we gained because of the cars that had stopped, but even so, we were strong enough to race for points today, which was better than we were in Montreal.

“We struggled with warming tyres up on the restarts, both safety car restarts we really struggled to get it going again. But that’s our problem, really.”

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