Extra 21 points available in 2019 F1 Season
It’s official. Formula 1 has confirmed that it will change the scoring system this year by giving a point to the driver who sets the fastest lap in the Grand Prix. It will be effective from the start of this season at the Australian Grand Prix, 15-17th March.
The decision was made as part of an attempt to make the sport more appealing in order to grow audiences.
A driver will only receive the extra point if they also finish in the top 10 in the race. A point will also be awarded to the Constructor of the driver setting the fastest lap.
The change means an extra 21 championship points can be accrued over the course of a season.
Brawn, the former Mercedes team boss and Ferrari technical director, said: “We have been considering this solution – which represents a response to detailed research carried out with thousands of our fans around the world – for a number of months.
“How many times have we heard the drivers on the radio ask the team about who holds the fastest lap?
“Now it will no longer be only a matter of record and prestige, but there will be a concrete motivation that will make the final part of the race even more interesting. Sometimes it is useful to remind ourselves of the heritage of our sport to move forward. “
It will be the first time a point will be awarded for the fastest lap since the start of the F1 world championship from 1950-59.