F1 Strat­egy Group eyes points for the whole field

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK - ADAM COOPER

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.

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