If a driver gets a grid penalty in the last race of the season, is it carried over to the following season?
I'm guessing that if Webber (or any other driver not racing in F1 next year) gets a grid penalty in Brazil, it's just forgotten about
Also, if a team make a pitstop mistake (loose wheel) in Brazil, and their driver is switching teams next year, will it be the driver or the teams new driver who'll have the penalty, assuming it gets carried forward
I think technically it would carry over into the following season, but practically the stewards would probably want to tie up all loose ends during the last event of the season and opt to hand him a driver-through or stop&go-penalty during the race (or a time penalty if the race has already finished). There is some history behind this: in 2002, following a collision with Pedro de la Rosa at the Italian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa was the first driver to receive a a grid penalty for the next event. This wording of the penalty opened the door for Sauber to replace Massa during the next event, the Grand Prix of the United States, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Since Frentzen was not Massa, but the race at Indianapolis was the next event on the F1 calender, Sauber avoided having to take the penalty. When Massa returned in Japan, which was not the next even following the Italian Grand Prix, he could start from his normal qualifying position. In the current sporting regulations, Article 16.4 e) therefore describes a grid penalty as 'A drop of any number of grid positions at the driver’s next Event.'
Penalties for (dangerous) behaviour during, or resulting from, a pitstop are, in recent years, usually given to the team.
Edited by Nonesuch, 25 September 2013 - 09:14.