Grid penalties for new car components to be in past soon after Monza’s near farce

Nine F1 drivers took penalties accruing 150 places at the Italian Grand Prix while Ferrari prepare for a dogfight against Mercedes and McLaren seek a solution

Long bemoaned by fans, the application of grid penalties for replacing power unit components and gearboxes reached almost farcical levels at Monza. Nine drivers took penalties accruing 150 places and changing the qualifying results to such an extent that Lewis Hamilton on pole and Romain Grosjean, who crashed in the first session, were the only drivers to have retained their original positions. Such was the scale of the movement, Kevin Magnussen, who was knocked out in Q1, found himself in the top 10. The fans at Monza sat through a rain-delayed qualifying and were rewarded with a thrilling finale but bar Hamilton what they witnessed bore little resemblance to the grid that formed up. Formula 1’s motorsports director, Ross Brawn, is known to oppose the system, which was instigated as a cost-cutting measure, and the FIA president, Jean Todt, was moved to suggest he would accept proposals. “If we can make the situation better, we will do it,” he said. “We are open to suggestions and we will have a meeting.” It is understood this is one meeting that will happen in the near future and that grid penalties will be a thing of the past soon.

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