In tomorrow’s Italian GP, surprisingly, nine out of twenty F1 drivers are taking grid penalty for one reason or the other. This kind of situation was rarely seen in motorsport back in time. However, with the introduction of new technical directives and budget cap, the teams are now forced to take strategic grid penalties depending on the type of tracks. As per the regulations, each driver is allowed to take three sets of Formula One power units for the entire season. And exceeding the number cost them the grid penalty. 

However, this penalty system is somewhat getting excruciating for all the outfits in motorsport. And therefore, Former F1 driver-turned-pundit Karun Chandhok took a dig at the F1 organization to sort out the “messy” penalty system. 

Formula One Fraternity Should Find Suitable Penalty System

As per Formula One technical regulations, only three complete power units per season, with certain components within the PU limited to two and four gearboxes, are limited for each of the drivers in a particular season. However, as a result of many, many crashes and car rundowns due to technical issues, they are forced to take more than the required components. And that lead the drivers to take the penalty at the different races. 

At the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, nine drivers are taking the penalty. The list includes Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher. All these Formula One drivers will come down from their respective qualifying positions. Although, after all the penalty calculations, some of the drivers could theoretically start above their Saturday results even after their penalties. This will ultimately affect the ultimate result of the Grand Prix at Monza tomorrow. 

Karun Chandhok- Formula One

While discussing the situation, former Lotus driver Karun Chandhok revealed some crucial details. According to him, the incremental costs of creating two more units are not as much as the R&D costs. Therefore, the allocation for the next year should definitely increase as it is going to be the longest season ever, with 24 races. “If they could have five this year and six next year, they wouldn’t be getting these penalties so early in the season. You might get a couple of penalties in the last couple of races,” Karun added.

 According to the racing pundit, raising the cost cap by a significant amount can decrease so many grid penalties. However, he also mentioned that Formula One is set to introduce an engine cost cap for next year. And that will also need to be considered before working on the penalty system.