Every Formula 1 Driver With Penalty Points on Their License

Every Formula 1 Driver With Penalty Points on Their License

Every F1 driver on the grid has a Super License that keeps a record of their bad behavior on the track.

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A photo of the 2022 Formula 1 drivers in Abu Dhabi.
Three of these speedy boys don’t have penalty points, can you guess who?
Photo: Mark Thompson (Getty Images)

Just like me and you, Formula 1 drivers hold licenses to show that they know how to drive their race-ready machines. Called an FIA Super License, this document is issued by motorsport’s governing body and shows that the drivers know their way around the fastest race cars on the planet. But, they also keep a record of your bad behavior on track.

That’s because, just like the regular driving licenses that you or I might hold, these can have penalty points added to them every time an F1 driver misbehaves behind the wheel. In F1, drivers can pick up such points for causing a collision, running off track or behaving in any other sort of un-sporting manner. Once an F1 driver is handed a point, it will remain on their licenses for a full year.

If any driver on the grind manages to amass more than 12 penalty points over the course of a 12-month period, they are handed an instant one-race ban. As it stands, there aren’t many drivers worryingly close to this figure, but a few drivers are nearing double digits.

Of the 20 drivers who make up the 2022 F1 grid, there are just three drivers that do not have a single penalty point on their Super License. These are Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr.

But that means 17 other drivers have got at least one point on their Super Licenses. But, what were these penalties handed out for?

Well, we rounded up all the points currently sitting on Super Licenses in F1 to fill you in on all the on-track antics everyone’s favorite drivers have been up to this past year. And, to keep you in the loop, we’ll update this list every time more are dished out.

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Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher

A photo of Mick Schumacher in an interview in Abu Dhabi.
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Penalty Points: 3

Young German driver Mick Schumacher picked up his first penalty point of the 2022 season during this year’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin. The Haas driver was penalized for exceeding track limits in the race, which earned him one point that will remain on his Super License until October 23, 2023.

In his final race with the American team, Schumacher picked up a further two points in Abu Dhabi for causing a collision. The German driver collided with the Williams of Nicholas Latifi and was handed two penalty points in the process. These will remain valid until November 20, 2023.

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Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

A photo of Max Verstappen in Red Bull gear leaning against a shelf with a trophy on top.
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Penalty Points: 5

Double World Champion Max Verstappen now has five penalty points on his license, the first of which was handed out in Saudi Arabia. In the 2021 race, Verstappen was given two points for causing a collision with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. At that very same race, Verstappen was handed another point for leaving the track and gaining a lasting advantage. These three points will expire December 5, 2022.

The Red Bull driver brought his tally up to five at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he was found to have caused a collision with (you guessed it) Lewis Hamilton. These two points will stay on his Super License until November 13, 2023.

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Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

A photo of Daniel Ricciardo at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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Penalty Points: 8

Australian racer Daniel Ricciardo picked up his first Super License penalty points at the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. In the second race of the season, Ricciardo was penalized for impeding Esteban Ocon, this point will remain valid until March 26, 2023.

The Aussie picked up another point at the Miami Grand Prix, where he was found to have left the track and gained a “lasting advantage.” This will remain on his license until May 8, 2023.

The seven-time race winner brought his total up to four during the Hungarian Grand Prix, where stewards found that he caused a collision with Canadian driver Lance Stroll. These two points will be valid until July 31, 2023.

Ricciardo was then found at fault in another collision during the Mexican Grand Prix last month. During the race, the McLaren driver crashed with the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda, which earned him two additional penalty points. These points will remain valid until October 30, 2023.

The Australian racer brought his points tally up to eight in Brazil this weekend. In the opening lap of the race, he was found to have caused a collision between himself and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, earning him two penalty points and a three-place grid drop in his final race with McLaren. Ricciardo’s two latest penalty points will remain valid until November 13, 2023.

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Lando Norris

Lando Norris

A photo of Lando Norris racing at the 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix.
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Penalty Points: 3

Ricciardo’s team mate at McLaren, Lando Norris, has so far earned three penalty points over the past 12 months. His first offense came for exceeding track limits during the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring; it’ll stay on his record until July 10, 2023.

The young British driver was handed two further points at this past weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix for causing a collision with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. These points will remain valid until November 13, 2023.

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Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

A photo of Fernando Alonso at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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Penalty Points: 6

Spanish racer Fernando Alonso now has six penalty points on his Super License. The double world champion was handed his first points of the year during the Miami Grand Prix after he was found to have left the track and gained a “lasting advantage.” At that same race, he picked up two more for causing a collision with the Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly. These three points expire on May 8, 2023.

The following month, Alonso picked up one point during the Canadian Grand Prix. In Montreal, he was penalized for “more than one change of direction to defend a position.” This will remain valid until June 19, 2023.

Alonso brought his tally up to six last time out in São Paulo. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, stewards handed him two more points following a collision with his team mate, Esteban Ocon, during Saturday’s Sprint race. These two points will remain on his license until November 12, 2023.

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Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll

A photo of Lance Stroll racing in Brazil.
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Penalty Points: 8

Canadian racing driver Lance Stroll is nearing double-digit penalty points after bringing his tally to eight this weekend. The Aston Martin driver was handed his first two points in Australia for causing a collision with the Williams of Nicholas Latifi. During the same race weekend, he picked up another point for “more than one change of direction.” These points will remain on his Super License until April 9, 2023.

Stroll added two more to his tally at the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. During the race, the Canadian was found at fault for a dramatic collision with the Alpine of Fernando Alonso. These two points expire on October 23, 2023.

The Aston Martin driver picked up two more points in Brazil on Saturday in the Sprint race. Stewards penalized Stroll for his dangerous maneuvers while he tried to defend his position. For this, he has been handed three more penalty points, which will remain on his license until November 12, 2023.

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Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly

A photo of Pierre Gasly in race overalls at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Photo: Peter Fox (Getty Images)

Penalty Points: 10

French racer Pierre Gasly is the only driver on the current grid to have hit double-digit penalty points over the last 12 months. He picked up his first Super License points during the Spanish Grand Prix, where he was handed two for causing a collision with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll. He’ll be stuck with these until May 22, 2023.

During the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, Gasly picked up three more points. He was handed one after stewards found he left “the track without a justifiable reason multiple times.” Gasly picked up a further two points during that very same race for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel. All three points will expire on July 10, 2023.

Gasly’s total was brought up to seven at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, where stewards found that he was “speeding under red flag conditions”. These two points will remain on his license until October 9, 2023.

When F1 came to Austin, Texas, for the U.S. Grand Prix, the French racer picked up two more points after he “fell more than 10 car lengths behind during the Safety Car period.” These points will expire October 23, 2023.

Gasly’s 10th point was slapped on his license in Mexico this weekend, where stewards found that he left the track and gained an advantage. This point will remain on his license until October 30, 2023.

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Nicholas Latifi

Nicholas Latifi

A photo of Nicholas Latifi racing in Austin.
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Penalty Points: 5

Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi was handed his first point of the year at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he was penalized for ignoring blue flags. Latifi’s penalty point will remain on his license until June 12 next year, long after he has run his last race with Williams.

The Canadian racer was handed a further two points at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, where he was penalized for causing a collision with Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu. These two points will expire on October 2, 2023.

The Williams driver’s points tally was brought to five during the U.S. Grand Prix his weekend, where stewards found that Latifi collided with the Haas of Mick Schumacher, forcing him off track. Those two points will remain on his license until October 23, 2023.

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George Russell

George Russell

A photo of the rear end of George Russell's Mercedes F1 car in Texas.
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Penalty Points: 4

British racing driver George Russell picked up his first two points of the year at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix. During the race, he caused a collision with the Red Bull of Sergio Perez. The points will remain on Russell’s Super License until July 10, 2023.

Russell doubled his tally during the 2022 U.S. Grand Prix after he caused another collision, this time with the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. The Mercedes driver’s two points for his first lap crash will stay on his Super License until October 23, 2023.

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Alex Albon

Alex Albon

A photo of Alex Albon in his Williams F1 Car.
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Penalty Points: 7

During his first year as a Williams driver, Alex Albon picked up two penalty points during the Saudi Arabian Gran Prix for causing a collision with Lance Stroll. These expire on March 27, 2023.

Albon’s next point was picked up in Spain after the stewards found that he exceeded track limits. This will stay on his record until May 22, 2023. At the Monaco Grand Prix just a week later, Albon was handed another point for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, which is valid through May 29, 2023.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, Albon was handed two more penalty points for forcing McLaren’s Lando Norris off the track. These will stay on his license until July 9, 2023.

At this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix, Albon picked up one final point for leaving the track and gaining an advantage during his fight with the AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda. This point will stay on his Super License until October 23, 2023.

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Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc

A photo of Charles Leclerc racing his Ferrari F1 car in Japan.
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Penalty Points: 1

Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc picked up his first penalty point of the year last time out in Suzuka. In the final lap of the race, Leclerc locked up and ran wide, cutting the corner and staying ahead of the Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who was in hot pursuit.

This point will stay on his license until October 9, 2023.

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Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez

A photo of Sergio Perez in his Red Bull race gear at the Singapore Grand Prix.
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Penalty Points: 2

Mexican racer Sergio Perez picked up his first penalty points of the year during the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix.

While leading the race, Perez was handed a five second penalty and two points on his license for falling more than 10 car lengths behind the Safety Car. These points will remain on his license until October 2, 2023.

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Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon

A photo of Alpine driver Esteban Ocon.
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Penalty Points: 5

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon was given two penalty points in Bahrain, where he caused a collision with the Haas of Mick Schumacher. These points expire on March 20, 2023.

Ocon was handed an additional point during the Monaco Grand Prix for causing another crash, this time with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. He’ll be stuck with this until May 29, 2023.

His most recent penalty points came during his home race. The French driver collided with Yuki Tsunoda at Paul Riccard and was handed two points, which remain on his license until July 24, 2023.

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Zhou Guanyu

Zhou Guanyu

A photo of Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu.
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Penalty Points: 4

Alfa Romeo rookie Zhou Guanyu picked up his first penalty point in F1 for exceeding track limits in Austria, which will be valid until July 10, 2023. His second point of the year came for leaving the track and gaining a “lasting advantage” in Saudi Arabia. It will expire on March 27, 2023.

At this year’s French Grand Prix, Zhou was handed two penalty points for causing a collision with Haas driver Mick Schumacher. These points expire on July 24, 2023.

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Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen

A photo of Kevin Magnussen racing in Miami.
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Penalty Points: 3

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen picked up two penalty points in Miami when he collided with the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll. They are valid until May 9, 2023

His most recent point came during the Italian Grand Prix, where stewards found that he “left the track and gained an advantage.” It will expire on September 11, 2023.

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Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda

A photo of Yuki Tsunoda in the paddock at Silverstone.
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Penalty Points: 6

Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda currently has six penalty points to his name. The first of these were handed out at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where Tsunoda picked up a two points for causing a collision with the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel These points expire on December 5.

At the British Grand Prix, Tsunoda picked up a further two for causing a collision with his team mate, Pierre Gasly. They will remain on his license until July 3, 2023.

Tsunoda’s most recent points were gained in Italy for failing to slow under yellow flags; these expire on September 9, 2023.

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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

A photo of Sebastian Vettel racing in the Dutch Grand Prix.
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Penalty Points: 2

Sebastian Vettel picked up his first point of the year in Austria, where he was found to have left the track “without a justifiable reason multiple times.” His second point came during the Dutch Grand Prix, when he failed to slow for blue flags.

His points expire on July 10, 2023, and September 4, 2023, respectively.

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