Max Verstappen is in danger of facing a race ban in 2022 if he continues with the kind of driving he did in 2021, as reported by the Mirror.
Verstappen was one of the most dangerous drivers on the grid if the penalty points are to be believed. His driving saw him rack up seven penalty points, and he will keep them until 2022.
A driver can only accumulate a maximum of 12 points across 12 months. Any more than that and they will face disciplinary action in the form of race bans.
In the Dutchman’s case, he will have to be a clean driver for the next sixteen races before the penalty points get reset.
As a result, Verstappen is in danger of facing a race ban in 2022 if he continues with the kind of driving he did in 2021. Only AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda has accumulated more points than the 2021 World Champion.
The first of Verstappen’s penalty points came at the 2021 Italian GP, where he caused a collision and ended up on top of another driver’s car. He was given a three-place grid drop for the race that followed in Russia and was hit with two penalty points.
In Qatar, he was at it again as he ignored double-waved yellow flags during qualifying. For his actions, he received two penalty points, and took three more in Saudi Arabia for gaining an unfair advantage and also brake-testing another driver.
As a result, Verstappen is living on the edge, and has the cushion of five points only. If he collects the five points, he runs the risk of being banned for a race.