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F1: Race steward pleased with the new penalty points system

After four races in 2014, Derek Warwick thinks the new penalty points system is a success.

Regularly F1 race steward, Derek Warwick was one of the three-man in Bahrain, where Pastor Maldonado received three points, after he flipped over Esteban Gutierrez. This is the biggest punishment yet issued.

Since the beginning of the season, five drivers had penalty points on their super licence. Jules Bianchi (Marussia) is the only driver who has already been penalized two times in 2014.

Once a driver totalizes 12 points, he would be banned for the next grand prix.

"I think it is working," the former Arrows and Renault driver told Sky Sports News. "Maybe at the end of this year we might have to change a few things. Maybe the amount of penalty points for certain incidents - maybe some are too high, some are too low. (FIA Race Director) Charlie (Whiting)'s very good at looking at the end of the season and maybe changing that slightly."

Before this new process, drivers generally would be issued with a combination of reprimands and grid drops.

"If somebody gets enough penalty points and they are then forced to miss a grand prix it's because they have been driving badly all year. So the system is good. It's no different to the road: if I go speeding three or four times I'm going to lose my licence - and that's how it should be," says Derek Warwick, adding the system could now eventually deter the serial offenders.

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Jules Bianchi, Marussia MR03-Ferrari. (Photo: WRi2)

Status of the driver penalty points, after four races:

• Four points:
Jules Bianchi, Marussia - Two points for causing a collision with Pastor Maldonado in Malaysia + two points for causing a collision with Adrian Sutil in Bahrain.

• Three points
Pastor Maldonado, Lotus - Causing a collision with Esteban Gutierrez in Bahrain.

• Two points
- Valtteri Bottas, Williams - Impending in Malaysia qualifying.
- Kevin Magnussen, McLaren - Causing a collision with Kimi Raikkonen in Malaysia.

- Adrian Sutil, Sauber - Forcing Romain Grosjean off the track in Bahrain qualifying.