Two F1 drivers at risk of ban before end of 2022 – but Verstappen is safe

Two Formula One drivers are at risk of a ban before the end of the 2022 season – but last year’s champion Max Verstappen is safe.

The points system was brought in by the FIA in 2014 and it means that drivers are penalised for breaking the rules and can even be banned.

If a driver reaches 12 penalty points, it could lead to them being handed a ban for a single Grand Prix.

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So far no driver has been given such a penalty – but two drivers are in danger of hitting the mark this campaign unless they clean up their acts.

Scuderia AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda currently has the highest number of penalty points on the F1 grid this season – hitting eight so far. The 22-year-old will face a ban if he picks up four more before the end of the year.

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Just below him in second place is Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri with seven points. The French driver had moved up to nine points but the two points he received for causing a collision with Lance Stroll at last year's Brazilian Grand Prix saw his total drop down to seven once more.

Below the pair is Alex Albon on six points, with world champion Verstappen and Esteban Oconon on five. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Zhou Guanyu all have four points.

Nicholas Latifi, Lance Stroll, and Kevin Magnussen are one rung further down the ladder on three each. While Sergio Perez, Sebastian Vettel and George Russell currently have two points on their FIA licences. Charles Leclerc is one of three drivers on a single point along with Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris.

Indeed, racers can potentially be banned for a single Grand Prix if they fall foul of the rules and reach 12 points – though this has never happened in F1, but rather in F2, with drivers Olli Caldwell and Amaury Cordeel suspended.

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