F1 Strategy Group eyes points for the whole field
Formula 1’s Strategy Group has discussed awarding points down to 20th place instead of just the top 10, with a compromise of the top 15 among the possible alternatives.
F1’s new management is continuing to explore changes to the sporting regulations, some of which could be introduced before 2021, when the major package of technical changes comes on stream.
One of the motivations for the change would be to give drivers outside the top 10 an extra incentive to race hard, but the alternative view is that the current system offers a greater sense of reward.
“The point that was made is that there’s a certain panache at being referred to as finishing in the top 10,” Force India boss Vijay Mallya told Autosport. “That will get diluted if you start giving points down the line. When we do well all my friends send me messages saying, ‘Congratulations, another top 10 finish’. Top 10 has a certain sense of achievement to it. The counterpoint that was made was that if every driver gets a point, all the way down to the bottom, then every car is going to be racing for a point. There is obviously going to be more debate. This was based on research that was done.”
Consideration is also being given to the return of points for fastest lap, or pole position being rewarded.