Here is a suggestion.
Install pressure pads as used at MSVR tracks in the UK.
Clock up the number of offs for each driver in the race.
Allow a small number, say 2, of offs to allow for mistakes. Any off a driver does not re-join from is free, to avoid penalising breakdowns etc.
At the end of the race sort out any anomalies resulting from 'did he fall or was he pushed'
Each off over the allowed limit results in a 1 place grid penalty at the next race.
Also keep a tally of each drivers offs for the season and as with stewards penalties - go over a limit, say 30, in a 12 month period and it is a 1 race ban.
Has the following advantages
Does not interfere with the race or create danger by slowing cars.
Leaves room for discussion of contentious incidents - persuade the stewards you were forced off and you get the 'life' back.
Provides FOM with another bit of info to display, might even encourage more people to watch - follow the bad boys or the good boys.
Edited by ExFlagMan, 08 September 2019 - 15:21.