May 4 - It's possible the proposal to tweak the points system in Formula 1 could be even more radical than first thought.

At the end of last month, the F1 Commission met in Geneva amid speculation the current system could be expanded so that P11 and P12 also score points.

F1 and the FIA jointly declared afterwards: "It was agreed that further analysis of proposed changes was required with a view to a proposal to be presented to the F1 Commission meeting in July."

Now, in Miami, it emerges that one idea now being discussed is that every single car - from the grand prix winner to the driver who crosses the chequered flag last in 20th place - should score points.

"Whether we go to P12, to P14, to whatever, we can discuss," RB team boss Laurent Mekies said in Miami.

His Aston Martin counterpart Mike Krack agrees: "I think there always needs to be something to right for, wherever you are."

Williams boss James Vowles agrees that there was disagreement at the F1 Commission meeting as to how extreme the points system change should be for 2025.

"Is it P12, P14, P16?" he said. "All cars, fundamentally?

"It was a very good conversation at the F1 Commission where the room was pretty much united in 'let's do something that's good for the sport'. However, let's take our time to get it right and do it once."

When asked how many cars should score points at the chequered flag, McLaren's Zak Brown answered: "I think certainly 12. And I think there could be an argument made for all.

"That would obviously be quite an overhaul," he admitted. "But I think that as soon as points come into play, it makes every pass that much more important.

"So I think there's an argument you could make for the entire grid."

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6 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Contemplates Radical Overhaul: Every Finisher Scores Championship Points

  1. Tommy

    Every team that bust their ass and works all week and weekend to field their car deserves to get a point. Plus I agree, points awarded to every position makes each position count. That would make the battle between 19th and 20th mean something and make a difference!

  2. smokey

    It wasn't all that long ago points were awarded only to the first six cars to finish. Then it was expanded to the first 10 cars, which in a field of twenty cars is reasonable.
    If there is now to be points awarded for every car that starts a race, do they need to finish to score points? Surely non-finishers, cars that don't pass the chequered flag, won't be awarded points, otherwise it will be a farce!
    Points may as well be awarded just for appearance! Is this another change for the sake of change? Or is there actually a viable benefit for the teams.

    • shroppyfly

      well the quick answer is points make prize money, on the points to 12, ok maybe, but not for all finishers , or a wdc is going to be decided by finishing in 19th

      • smokey

        The old system was every team that scored a certain amount of points over the season would be entitled to have all transportation costs paid for the following season. I don't know if that still prevails.
        However, if it is proposed that points and prize money will be awarded to every team, then where does the additional funding come from to support the proposal? I don't believe the front runners will accept a reduced amount of prizemoney so the lowest places can be paid! Of course, the promoters won't reduce their profits to pay for the extra prizemoney, rather the promoters will raise the costs for the public and at the same time raise their profit margin! Greed intervenes once again!


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