F1 stewards get new penalty powers

Formula One stewards will be able to exclude drivers from a race or suspend them from the next grand prix, using new powers the officials receive next year.

The Sporting and Technical Regulations for 2011, published by the FIA, include new penalties that stewards will be permitted to apply, along with inconsiderate driving practices that the sport's governing body hopes to eradicate.

Previously, stewards could only impose drive-through or a 10-second time penalty upon drivers or drop them down the grid for the next event.

New driving standards specify that manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as more than one change of direction to defend a position, deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track, are not allowed.

The FIA has also introduced a curfew on team personnel at grands prix.

The curfew will run from midnight to 6am when practice starts at 10am on Fridays, and from 1am to 7am when practice starts at 11am on a Saturday.

However, each team will be permitted four exceptions to the rule during the course of the season.

The changes to the rules were applied after the final 2010 meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Monaco.

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