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

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Alpine's Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda make contact during the French Grand Prix. Paul Ricard, July 2022. F1 penalty points Credit: PA Images
Alpine's Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda make contact during the French Grand Prix. Paul Ricard, July 2022. F1 penalty points Credit: PA Images

Here are the latest F1 driver penalty point standings following the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, with the stewards handing out some unwanted points.

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 drivers’ 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. However, in Formula 2, Amaury Cordeel was recently banned from the Silverstone round as a result of collecting 12 points in only six race weekends. That was the first ban since Mahaveer Raghunathan was barred from the Austrian round in 2019.

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

F1 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen is one of the joint leaders of the unenviable points table, with the reigning World Champion on seven points.

However, all of these points are set to expire over the remainder of this season, which means it is Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll who need to watch their backs to a greater extent due to their most recent penalties.

With three drivers on seven points, there are now four drivers on six – Esteban Ocon joins his Alpine team-mate Fernando Alonso in this group after picking up two points for causing a collision with Yuki Tsunoda in France.

Zhou Guanyu also picked up two penalty points in France, moving up to four in total for the season. This was after the stewards found him to be the catalyst of his collision with Mick Schumacher.

At the other 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.

Joining this trio on zero points is Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time former World Champion had two points on his licence for being the cause of the collision between himself and Verstappen at the 2021 British Grand Prix, but those points have now expired.

Seven points

Max Verstappen

  • Two points: Expire 12th September 2022. These were handed out for his collision with Lewis Hamilton during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

  • 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.

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.

Lance Stroll

  • Two points: Expire 1st August 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

  • 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.

Six points

Esteban Ocon

  • One point: Expires 12th September 2022. This was handed out for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

  • 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.

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.

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.

Four points

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

Valtteri Bottas

  • Two points: Expire 1st August 2022. These were handed out for causing a collision at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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

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.

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

Sergio Perez

  • One point: Expires 12th September 2022. This was handed out for overtaking by going off track at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris

  • One point: Expires 10th July 2023. This was handed out for exceeding track limits 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.

Nicholas Latifi

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

Zero points

Lewis Hamilton

Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz

Mick Schumacher

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