Formula 1 drivers call penalty point system 'a joke', asks FIA to review it

The Miami Grand Prix has seen a lot of turbulent performances and tackles from Haas driver Kevin Magnussen. His intentional fouls cost him a lot of penalty points which has now put him in danger of being banned for a race. 

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The Miami Grand Prix has seen a lot of turbulent performances and tackles from Haas driver Kevin Magnussen. His intentional fouls cost him a lot of penalty points which has now put him in danger of being banned for a race. 

Magnussen has accumulated 10 Penalty points in the ongoing season and 12 of these in a year will lead to a ban. However, some F1 drivers have now asked FIA to review this system calling it a joke. Two victims of this system Logan Sargeant and Sergio Perez have led calls for a review. 

Sargeant who is struggling with poor form had received two penalty points in Shanghai for safety car infringement. Speaking about the rule Sargeant called it a joke.  "I think mine was extremely frustrating. The penalty is one thing. To get penalty points for what it was, was a bit of a joke. I think a lot worse things happen throughout the weekend that you just get reprimanded for”, he told Motorsport.com. 

"I've had people in qualifying slow down in front of me, nearly have huge crashes, and nothing happens. But then when I cross the line at the same time as someone else and you can't even see it, you get two penalty points and I think it's not a great direction to be heading in."

What does Sergio Perez believe?

It’s worth noting that before Kevin Magnussen’s antics in Miami, Red Bull driver Sergio Perez was leading the chart with the most penalty points. While speaking about the rule he said, "I think that already the penalties, sometimes you pay the consequences for that and to add some penalty points, and given that we have now more races, it's something that definitely should be looked at.

"Every incident, if you see all the points that every driver gets, there are a lot of points that are probably over the line, but the rule is there. But hopefully, in the futureit's something that can be reviewed." Despite all this drama over the rule, Magnussen has been silent about the call for review instead after his incident with Lewis Hamilton he had called all these deserving punishments. 

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