Kvyat on top of Penalty Points table ahead of Canadian GP


Daniil Kvyat - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, Russian driver Daniil Kvyat is currently leading the way with the most penalty points on his Superlicence, following his collision with Kevin Magnussen in Monaco adding two points to his tally.

Kvyat now has seven points to his name, and the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver is more than halfway to a race ban, with drivers automatically sitting out a race if they exceed twelve points within a one-year period.

Kvyat earned his first penalty points back during the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2015, ironically during the race he secured his first career podium finish with the runners-up spot behind Sebastian Vettel while he was still driving for Red Bull Racing.

He then earned the majority of his points during his ill-fated final race with Red Bull in his home Grand Prix in Russia after twice hitting Vettel’s Ferrari in the first few turns of the race.

Marcus Ericsson, currently pointless in 2016 after a difficult start to the season for the Sauber F1 Team, is second in the penalty points list with six points, with both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen also on six points.

Verstappen, who ironically replaced Kvyat in the Red Bull team after Russia, is now able to discard the penalty points he earned during the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, meaning he is down to six from the nine he began the season with.

Romain Grosjean, Nico Hülkenberg and Pascal Wehrlein all have four points to their name, while Ferrari duo Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both have three.  Grosjean will lose two of his points if he does not transgress during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, with Vettel’s set to revert to nil after this weekend.

Magnussen, Felipe Nasr, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Gutierrez, Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz Jr and Rio Haryanto all have two penalty points to their name.

The only drivers without any penalty points are Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer.

For Hamilton, he is walking the tightrope of receiving a ten-place grid penalty, which is automatically handed to any driver who has received three reprimands during a season.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver currently has two, one for reversing in the pit lane in Bahrain and for missing a bollard in Russia, while Toro Rosso’s Sainz is the only other driver to be reprimanded so far in 2016 for a pit exit violation.