Penalty points adding up for Kvyat and Vettel

Daniil Kvyat - Credit: Peter Fox/Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat is now just four points away from a one-race ban after his five-second time penalty during the Mexican Grand Prix also came with a penalty point towards his Superlicence.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso was adjudged to have left the track and gained an advantage when making a move around the outside of Romain Grosjean at turn twelve at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and it meant the penalty point moves him to eight within the past twelve month period, with twelve points enough to get a one-race ban.

Kvyat received his previous points for his Russian Grand Prix start errors, for colliding with Kevin Magnussen in Monaco and with Sergio Perez in the United States. The three Russian GP penalty points are only set to come off his Superlicence on 1 May 2017, meaning he has to be careful in the upcoming two races of 2016 and the first four rounds of 2017.

Sebastian Vettel is halfway to a ban, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver having acquired two penalty points for his driving standards whilst defending from Daniel Ricciardo at turn four in Mexico, with his previous points having come from forcing Felipe Massa off track at Silverstone and for spinning Nico Rosberg at turn one in Malaysia.

Carlos Sainz Jr also acquired a penalty point in Mexico for his robust defence on the opening lap against Fernando Alonso, meaning the Spaniard now has five points, while Max Verstappen is up to four after also getting a point after his failure to relinquish his position to Vettel after running across the run-off area at turn one.