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Nov 17

F1 considers ‘demerit’ system for driver offenses

F1′s US return clashes with Nascar finale

NASCAR logoFormula one is considering a demerit-point scheme to penalise both on and off-track driver offenses from 2013, it has emerged. After a five-year absence from the US, F1 is trying to make an impact this weekend in the crucial American market.

Journalists were reportedly briefed about the potential scheme in Austin on Thursday.

“I think at the moment you’re meant to receive three reprimands and then you get something so I think it’s just presumably a further elaboration on that point,” said McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh.

It is believed drivers could lose super license ‘points’ not only for on-track infractions, but also offenses such as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen’s podium swearing recently in Abu Dhabi.

“Providing it’s administered in a correct, consistent manner then why should we have any problem with it?” Whitmarsh added.

“It’s the same for all drivers and the same for all teams.”

F1′s US return clashes with Nascar finale

After a five-year absence from the US, F1 is trying to make an impact this weekend in the crucial American market.

The impressive new Circuit of the Americas has been hailed by Bernie Ecclestone and the teams, while the layout is lauded by drivers.

But one questionable detail is the scheduling clash with the season finale of the highly popular Nascar series, with many US motor racing fans glued to wall-to-wall television coverage this weekend.

David Coulthard, the former McLaren and Red Bull veteran, called it “an unfortunate scheduling clash”.

“But in this land of opportunity I am hopeful that formula one will grab its big chance and leave our hosts wanting more,” he wrote in his Telegraph column.

But the scheduling clash could recur yet again next year, with the Sprint Cup finale and the US grand prix also reportedly sharing dates for 2013.

“I think it appears to be a bit unfortunate but we’re probably a different market and I guess it’s difficult when you’re arranging calendars,” said McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

source: GMM



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