F1 plans to introduce fastest lap point

Heather Diaz
March 10, 2019

The extra point idea stems from a fan survey and research conducted by Liberty Media and is seen as a tool to potentially spice up the show.

"One point will be awarded to the driver who achieved the fastest lap of the race and to the constructor whose vehicle they were driving, providing that the lap time was achieved without incurring a penalty and the driver was in the top 10 positions of the final race classification".

Approval is expected to be a formality, especially as the idea was initially discussed by the strategy group and approved before going to the WMSC.

The Strategy Group, that includes the teams, F1 and the FIA, initially proposed the move, furthering a call from fans to consider the idea.

While drivers must finish in the top 10 in the race in order to be eligible to receive the extra point, it could have an impact in a close championship battle further down the road.

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Sky Sports understands the new rule is planned to come into effect at the season-opening Australian GP on March 17, pending the clearance of final regulatory hurdles before Melbourne.

However, if fastest-lap points had been awarded that year then both teams would likely have done more to have won them.

"It's another dimension to look out for and rewards speed, which is what F1 is all about", said former F1 driver Martin Brundle, now a Sky commentator and analyst. That changed to 10 drivers in the 2010 season, and it has not changed since.

The Formula 1 points scoring system has not changed in any way since after the 2009 season.

The move is part of a bid to make F1 more appealing and increase audiences.

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