Solution to end fan confusion over F1 grid penalties is ‘pretty easy’

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Fans and some teams were confused for nearly four hours after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, when no one was sure how the FIA ​​would implement a wave of grid penalties and determine the final line-up.

The uncertainty over the grid and the long time it took to be confirmed led to suggestions for implementing a better system, especially as the FIA ​​regularly waits for scrutineering to be completed before issuing a provisional grid.

But seasoned F1 fan Permane, who has worked in the sport for decades, thinks an obvious solution would be to set up a computer program that could instantly calculate penalties once the last cars crossed the line. .

Because he felt that while some teams fully understood the penalties and how they were implemented – which changed in 2020 with drivers now stuck at their grid drops – it would help everyone make things clearer for fans.

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“We have guidelines from 2020 and I think the grid is formed exactly as it is in that guideline,” explains Permane.

“That guideline has been developed, has been developed with F1 and the FIA ​​and has been applied consistently ever since. So I don’t think there are any surprises in it. But maybe there were people who didn’t have the guideline, I think.

“But I do agree that waiting for three and three quarters of an hour on a grid is a bit long. I think it would be relatively easy for them to publish it when the last car crosses the border, with the understanding that it could change after inspection or whatever.

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“They could put all known punishments in something, and it would be better for everyone.”

Fans watch as the starting grid is launched before the start

Photo By: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

The way the FIA ​​process documents on a Grand Prix weekend are laid down in the sporting regulations, and the only condition is that a provisional grid must be published at least four hours before the formation lap.

Any modification to procedures to accommodate a potentially expected grid might require a rule change, but probably wouldn’t face much resistance.

When asked by UKTN if it would be easy to come up with a computer program that would instantly regulate grid penalties, Permane said: “I can imagine that, but I’m no expert!

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“But you would know that the car that comes in first gets a ten-place penalty. You’ll have all the information at the end of qualifying and I’m sure they’ll look into it.

“I don’t know exactly why it took so long [at Monza]. I think they double checked everything, triple checked everything.

“They should publish a grid four hours before the start of a race, so anything we get on Saturday night is a bonus, and they publish a provisional grid.

“I get it for you [the media]it’s important, and it’s also important for us to start building our strategies and things like that.”

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