In the event: Alpine driver Pierre Gasly has accused “four or five” Formula 1 drivers of failing to improve the current superlative penalty points system.
Gasly “will not be the only one in trouble” if the penalty points system is not changed.
Alpine driver Pierre Gasly believes the current superlative penalty points system needs to be revised to prevent more drivers from being banned next season.
Gasly is sitting on 10 penalty points – two away from a one-race ban. No points will be deducted until the end of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in May.
When the system was first introduced in 2014, there were once 19 rounds. Next year will see 23 Grands Prix and six Sprints for a total of 29 racing sessions. Gasly believes that the superlative rules must be improved to compensate.
“I try not to think of myself as a stupid driver or a dangerous driver. Let’s say every penalty point that you lose in the process and things like that. So I try to be on top of that,” Gasly said.
“I think my approach to racing was the same and I hope we will review the old system in the winter because I don’t think I will be the only one in trouble if we keep that. And it’s a shame to see four or five drivers suspended for the race and lose the race with some guys.
Ricciardo ‘would have been better off staying at Red Bull’ – Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo’s former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen believes Ricciardo would have had more success if he had stayed at Red Bull instead of leaving the team for Renault and McLaren.
Ricciardo has returned to Red Bull as its third driver for 2023 after being released from his three-year contract with McLaren a year earlier. Asked by Formula 1 magazine whether Ricciardo made the wrong career choice despite his driving skills, Verstappen said: “You can’t look back and ignore that.”
“It would have been better for Daniel to have stayed longer with Red Bull at the time,” Verstappen said.
PHM Racing runs the Charizard F2 and F3 programs
German outfit PHM Racing will take over the Charoz entries into the Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 championships next season.
The Charouz team will run the team’s program in F2 and F3 in 2023 but will be titled ‘PHM Racing by Charouz’. PHM – founded by Paul H. Muller, competed in the UAE, German and Italian F4 championships this year.
“Joining Formula 3 and Formula 2 is the next step in our evolution as a comprehensive development program for young driver skills,” said Muller. “We are delighted to offer a team that takes drivers from karting to the doorstep of Formula 1.”
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