Grid Place Penalty

Grid Pace penalties :

A grid place penalty will require a driver to move back down the grid by the number of places imposed under the penalty. So a driver on pole with a five-place grid penalty will be demoted to sixth on the grid, with those in 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd all being promoted one spot. 

The most common cause for a grid place penalty is when a team exceeds its restricted parts allocation. Five places are applied for each of the first and second parts and ten places for the third. This penalty is applied for the event the part or parts are taken. 

Teams will actively manage the allocations and attempt to take penalties at a track where they have qualified badly and have ‘less to lose”, or they see an opportunity to fight back through the field.

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan