F1 considers new points system

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The FIA, Formula 1 and F1 teams are considering a change to the point system that would see the top 12 finishers score points during a grand prix.

Autosport says the new points system discussion would require a simple majority vote from the team and they interview Ferrari and Red Bull who are either supportive or at least indifferent about the concept.

The change would not impact that top seven positions but the points awarded for 8th through 12th will change.

The new F1 points structure proposal

Finishing positionCurrent pointsProposed points
Fastest lap1  (top 10 finishers only)1  (top 12 finishers only)


The question is, is this a good idea? I didn’t see in the article if it mentioned the payout of the prize money. I suspect not as the top teams would vote against any change that might dilute the prize money. In this case, it would give midfield teams a chance to amass points to finish in the prize money category of P10 in the constructor’s championship.

The thought of this giving more incentive for drivers to push hard for points is something I’m not 100% convinced of as P10 currently provides that motivation but I can see where teams would like to show sponsors they are scoring points and that there is something to play for.

What do you think? Good idea or bad idea?


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Xean Drury

Honestly, who cares. It might give the back markers something to fight for, but really. The bigger problem is how the point system as it is now fosters run-away seasons. The difference between a first as second place is 7 points! If someone wins three races in a row, then they could DNF on the fourth race and still maintain their lead. Honestly if they’re going to go down this path, then have the points for the race days match the number of entrants, and decrement by one all the way down. This kind of rebranding without actually doing anything… Read more »


Honestly, I think the old “Olympic style” points system (10-down-to-1 for the top 10 finishers) worked best; simple, easy math(s), and it kept the delta between everyone small (as in “s-m-all”). Given, drivers and teams will game whatever system is in place for maximum advantage. But I don’t see any drivers out there who are not HUGELY competitive already….regardless of points.


It’s just revenue raising.
Remember teams and drivers have to pay the FIA for every point they score when they renew their licences.

Xean Drury

Ah-ha! Now that’s an interesting wrinkle. Never even thought about that!