Beginning with the 2014 Formula 1 season, drivers will face two new possible outcomes for their hard efforts at achieving glory in the world of motor racing -- winning a new trophy for pole positions on the one hand and the potential for having penalty points put on their licenses on the other. The announcement was made by the series on its website December 12.
According to Formula 1, a new trophy will be awarded to the driver who accumulates the most pole positions through qualifying for Grands Prix throughout the season. That may seem fairly straight forward, but the series has also determined how to handle the matter if there is a tie in the final count.
Says the series, "In the event of a tie, the trophy will be awarded to the driver who holds the greatest number of second places. If there is still a tie, the greatest number of third places will be taken into account and so on until a winner emerges."
F1 acknowledged that, under these rules, quadruple World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel would have run away with the pole trophy on all accounts in 2013, taking nine pole positions and overshadowing his next closest rival, Lewis Hamilton, who achieved five.
If trophies for victories are one part of Formula 1 racing, then penalties for mistakes or playing too aggressively lay at the other end of the spectrum. According to F1, stewards will now have the ability to penalize racers by placing points on their super licenses.
According to F1, the rules include the following: "If a driver accrues 12 penalty points his license will be suspended for one race, after which the points will be removed from his license. Penalty points will remain on a driver’s super license for a period of 12 months after which they will be removed."
These changes are in addition to other announced new regulations in the sport that will take effect with the 2014 season. The other new changes include a controversial addition of doubling drivers' and constructor's points for the last race of the season.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is working on a book about racers and racing.