F1 penalty points: Which driver is closest to a race ban?

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AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda on track during the Italian Grand Prix. Monza, September 2022.

Several drivers have quite a few penalty points to their name, putting them at risk of a race ban if they have a few more incidents.

Formula 1’s penalty points system is designed to keep the drivers’ behaviour on track in check, much like that of a normal road user trying to avoid getting points on their driver’s licence.

In F1, penalty points are issued for driver transgressions, with the amount varying depending on the severity of the incident. If a driver accumulates 12 points over the course of a 12-month period, the driver will incur a one-race ban.

So far, in F1, no driver has fallen foul of this rule.

Let’s see which drivers have to be careful over the remainder of this year.

The leader of the pack is Yuki Tsunoda, whose most recent penalty came during FP2 for the Italian Grand Prix when he failed to slow for yellow flags.

The Japanese driver moves on to eight points in total, and he will have to wait until mid-November for any of them to expire.

F1 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen has shed some points after the Monza weekend, as he has lost the two points he was given for the collision with Lewis Hamilton during last year’s race at Monza – he now has just five points on his licence.

The rest of Verstappen’s points are set to expire over the remainder of this season, which means it is Pierre Gasly who is giving his fellow AlphaTauri driver a close run for the lead of this unenviable points table.

Other changes after the Italian Grand Prix weekend are Esteban Ocon shedding a point from his total – the Alpine driver was given a point at Monza last year for colliding with Sebastian Vettel.

Kevin Magnussen has gained a penalty point during the Monza weekend, as he overtook Nicholas Latifi off-track at the first chicane on the opening lap. He was given a time penalty and a point on his licence for the offence, which means he moves on to a total of three for the year.

At the bottom end of the table, Ferrari boast the cleanest driver pairing at present – neither Charles Leclerc nor Carlos Sainz have any points, while Haas’ Mick Schumacher has also kept his nose clean. Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez have also moved into the ‘no points’ list, with Perez losing his point for overtaking off-track during last year’s Italian GP.

Eight points

Yuki Tsunoda

  • Two points: Expire 14th November 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 5th December 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel during the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 3rd July 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly during the 2022 British Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire September 9 2023. These were handed out for failing to slow for yellow flags during FP2 for the Italian Grand Prix.

Seven points

Pierre Gasly

  • Two points: Expire 10th October 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Fernando Alonso during the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 22nd May 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 10th July 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 10th July 2023. This was handed out for exceeding track limits during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Six points

Fernando Alonso

  • Two points: Expire 10th October 2022. This was handed out for causing a collision with Mick Schumacher during the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 8th May 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 8th May 2023. This was handed out for cutting the track and gaining a lasting advantage during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 19th June 2023. This was handed out for weaving while defending during the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

Alex Albon

  • Two points: Expire 6th March 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 22nd May 2023. This was handed out for exceeding track limits during the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 29th May 2023. This was handed out for gaining a lasting advantage by leaving the track during the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 9th July 2023. These were handed out for forcing Lando Norris off track during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Five points

Max Verstappen

  • Two points: Expire 21st November 2022. These were handed out for ignoring double yellow flags during qualifying for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 5th December 2022. This was handed out for leaving the track and gaining an advantage during the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 5th December 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Hamilton during the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Esteban Ocon

  • Two points: Expire 20th March 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Mick Schumacher during the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 29th May 2023. This was handed out for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton during the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 23rd July 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Yuki Tsunoda during the 2022 French Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll

  • Two points: Expire 26th September 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision with Pierre Gasly at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 10th April 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Nicholas Latifi at the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 10th April 2023. This was handed out for weaving while defending during the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.

Four points

Daniel Ricciardo

  • One point: Expires 25th March 2023. This was handed out for impeding Esteban Ocon at the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 8th May 2023. This was handed out for gaining a lasting advantage by leaving the track during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 30th July 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Zhou Guanyu

  • One point: Expires 26th March 2023. This was handed out for gaining a lasting advantage by leaving the track during the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 10th July 2023. This was handed out for exceeding track limits during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.
  • Two points: Expire 23rd July 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Mick Schumacher during the 2022 French Grand Prix.

Three points

Kevin Magnussen

  • Two points: Expire 8th May 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Lance Stroll during the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 11th September 2023. This was handed out for overtaking by leaving the track during the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.

Two points

George Russell

  • Two points: Expire 10th July 2023. These were handed out for causing a collision with Sergio Perez during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel

  • One point: Expires 10th July 2023. This was handed out for exceeding track limits at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.
  • One point: Expires 3rd September 2023. This was handed out for ignoring blue flags at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix.

One point

Valtteri Bottas

  • One point: Expires 21st November 2022. This was handed out for failing to slow for a yellow flag at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.

Lando Norris

  • One point: Expires 10th July 2023. This was handed out for exceeding track limits during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.

Nicholas Latifi

  • One point: Expires 12th June 2023. This was handed out for ignoring blue flags during the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Zero points

Sergio Perez

Lewis Hamilton

Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz

Mick Schumacher