Formula 2 has introduced new regulations to stop drivers avoiding bans if they collect 12 penalty points on their licences, as Mahaveer Raghunathan did this season.
F2 has now approved new regulations which will ensure bans take effect more rapidly.
“If a driver accrues 12 penalty points during a free practice or qualifying, he will be suspended for the remainder of the event,” states the revised rules. “If a driver accrues 12 penalty points in a race, he will be suspended for the following event. After the suspension has been issued, 12 points will be removed.”
However the rule will not necessarily ensure drivers avoid serving bans at the end of a season, as Raghunathan did. A driver who reaches 12 penalty points in race one of an event would still be able to compete in race two.
The FIA has previously confirmed Raghunathan’s ban will not be carried over to the start of next season if he returns to Formula 2 next year.
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