Any driver among the top ten in a Grand Prix race who sets the fastest lap will now be awarded with a bonus point, Formula 1 announced yesterday.
The new scoring system will be implemented from this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
According to Ross Brawn, Formula One managing director for motorsports, the move was “to improve the show whilst maintaining the integrity of our sport”.
Last season, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas set seven fastest laps in the 21-race championship.
This will mark the second time point bonus will be awarded for the fastest lap in the history of the sports. Between 1950 – 1959, a point was awarded for the fastest lap.
For drivers outside the top ten who gain nothing setting the fastest lap, they can deny an extra point to rivals who might have a driver in a scoring position.