FIA goals to shut loophole after Indian F2 racer escapes ban


ABU DHABI (Information) – Motor racing’s governing physique plans to shut a loophole that allowed Indian Components Two racer Mahaveer Raghunathan to compete within the season’s final two races in Abu Dhabi regardless of amassing sufficient penalty factors to be banned for a second time in a yr.

The Chennai-born 21-year-old, who drives for Dutch workforce MP Motorsports, had taken his tally to 24 after a observe begin infringement on Friday.

A driver is routinely banned for 12 penalty factors on his license however solely has to serve the ban on the following spherical.

Factors collected are additionally erased after the tip of the season.

With Abu Dhabi the ultimate spherical, Raghunathan was successfully let off the hook regardless of having served a ban earlier within the season when he collected 9 penalty factors in a single weekend.

The FIA’s Secretary Common for Sport Peter Bayer instructed Information the governing physique was working to keep away from a repeat of the scenario.

The adjustments, which might must undergo a number of layers of approval, might be offered to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in March, he added.

FIA president Jean Todt mentioned stricter superlicence guidelines wanted to be utilized to the decrease classes.  

“It’s one thing we have to tackle as a result of the vehicles are very aggressive, very fast,” mentioned the Frenchman. “It’s quite a lot of wheel-to-wheel racing. So it’s one thing we’re contemplating for the long run.”

Raghunathan, who competes beneath a Dutch license, triggered his first ban on the French Grand Prix and served it on the subsequent spherical in Austria. 

In April he was given a 10-place grid penalty after he took the chequered flag twice on the Bahrain season-opener, persevering with at racing pace for an additional lap after the end.

He began Saturday’s Abu Dhabi characteristic race from the pitlane however failed to complete. Components Two, whose racers embody Michael Schumacher’s son Mick, is a feeder sequence to Components One.

Enhancing by Alan Baldwin and Ed Osmond