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F1 considering more bonus points for sprint race ‘grand slam’

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In the round-up: Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says the series could award bonus points for drivers who sweep ‘Sprint Qualifying’ weekends.

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Sprint race ‘grand slams’ could award extra points

Formula 1 could award more bonus points to drivers on ‘Sprint Qualifying’ weekends.

The Saturday races, to be held at Silverstone, Monza and one other venue this year, will award extra points to the top three finishers. Domenicali told La Gazzetta dello Sport F1 is considering whether to award extra bonus points to a driver who takes pole position and wins both the Sprint Qualifying race and the grand prix.

He said this format “can become the permanent way to run the most historic and iconic grand prix”.

Mercedes reveal how they finally removed Bottas’ wheel

The stuck front-right wheel nut which forced Valtteri Bottas out of Sunday’s race was finally removed at 9:59am on Tuesday at the team’s factory in Brackley, they confirmed yesterday. Having been unable to remove it in his pit stop during the race when the teeth were stripped from the nut, it was eventually detached 43 hours and 21 minutes after his pit stop began in Monaco, some 1,100 kilometres away.

Formula 2 leaders test for Alpine at Silverstone

Alpine junior drivers Guanyu Zhou and Oscar Piastri, who hold first and second places respectively in the Formula 2 points standings, tested for Alpine at Silverstone on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The pair drive a 2018-specification RS18 chassis, used when the team was known as Renault.

Zhou covered 106 laps while Piastri managed 86, including his first race distance, during his rain-hit day.

The team said the test “was a vital part of Alpine F1 Team’s continued commitment to the Academy in 2021, as it readies its junior drivers for a possible Formula 1 race seat in the future.”

Chocolate milk for Montoya

The 33 drivers who qualified for the Indianapolis 500 have nominated their preferred milk varieties to be drunk, as is traditional, if they win Sunday’s race.

Most stuck to the official options of full fat (the majority) and semi-skimmed, with no takers for fully skimmed. A few wanted alternatives. Ed Carpenter and Simona de Silvestro specified buttermilk while Juan Pablo Montoya requested chocolate milk if he achieves his third victory in the race.

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Will we see closer racing at this year’s Indianapolis 500?

One thing that I hope has improved for this year is the tow as for as much of the criticism of recent years was aimed towards the difficulties cars had following, An issue that was just as big was how much less of a tow the current cars produce due to having less drag than they did before 2018.

Even when cars could run closer the past two to three years they have struggled to really do much due to how much less effective the draft has been since they developed the current aero package which produced significantly less drag than the previous one. This issue has also hindered the racing on other ovals. You compare the pre 2018 races at Pocono with the single file races with the current package.

And while that silly NASCAR gimmick PJ1 compound has also played a role in the poor racing at Texas, The aero package certainly hasn’t helped due to the less effective tow the cars now produce.

Not calling for a return of that awful pack racing by the way, I just think they need to look at getting the cars to produce a better tow to allow for more sling shot passes. Maybe they should look at something similar to that Hanford Device CART ran at Michigan and Fontana (another track NASCAR may be about to butcher).

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  • 77 comments on “F1 considering more bonus points for sprint race ‘grand slam’”

    1. If the shorter sprint race format proves to be successful I’m thinking it won’t just be added to other venues. But we could also see the ‘main’ Sunday race reduced at some circuits to try and capture the younger audience.

      1. That would be the logical extension @johnrkh, or at least that’s my opinion even though at this point there’s no proof of that.

        My real concern is how would they measure “success”?

        1. At Liberty, there’s only one way to measure success, @dbradock: Shareholder value.

        2. Coventry Climax
          29th May 2021, 1:09

          My concern is that
          – it wasn’t what the fans wanted, but we got it anyway, supposedly to ‘test’
          – it isn’t even tested yet, but it sounds like we’re being prepared for the next step, like it’s already decided.

          And actually, it is. Done and dusted.

      2. That is my fear as well. Even worse would be if it became two races per weekend of equal length and equal points. But I’m not sure whether to hope that Sprint Qualifying is a success or not. If it turns out to be a total failure, that might encourage F1 to scrap it, or might encourage F1 to award more points to try and make it more exciting, and this would devalue the Grand Prix. If it turns out to be a success, F1 might leave it as it is, or might shorten the Grand Prix, as you say, and create a two-races-per-weekend format, which would also devalue the Grand Prix.

    2. Spring Qualifying really means that the race really starts on Saturday, then they pause, and continue the race on Sunday. So they’ve really extended the race to cover two days.

      1. Yep that exactly the same way a calender works we really have only one day but it pauses when the sun goes down :)))

      2. It’s only one step removed from NASCAR-style stage racing

        1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
          28th May 2021, 23:27

          Yup. Diluting the purity of the contest didn’t work for NASCAR and it’s not going to work here

    3. I’m confused that they want the sprint race to mix things up, but they also want to award bonus points to a potential (and not unlikely) runaway leader.
      It’s far from the unlikely achievement of winning all F2 / F3 races in a single weekend, as what you’re saying with F1 is that the fastest car on Friday stayed the fastest car.

      1. Yes, it sounds like more food for the well fed. Maybe some sort of points (e.g. sub-unit points) for those that finish outside the top 10 would be better.

        1. How about taking the 3, 2 & 1 points off the Sunday winners points, so Sunday only gets 22, 16 and 14 points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. You win both and you get the full 25 points.

          1. This works for me. I might even support handing a third of the points on Saturday for all positions and then give two thirds on Sunday. If people insist on points on Saturday then I really object to drivers in higher positions being able to gain more points that they typically can do in a weekend.

    4. Zhou and Piastri both tested for positive for Alpine. I hope they fully recover.

      1. Oh, bugger. Yeah, I do hope they get on top of that @eurobrun!

    5. Jockey Ewing
      28th May 2021, 0:44

      “Mercedes reveal how they finally removed Bottas’ wheel”

      1. “did you try putting it in rice” twitter comment. Lol

      2. and a Dremel!

      3. Paolo (@paulsteward40)
        28th May 2021, 18:14

        This will make a great pub quiz question…what was the longest pit stop in F1 history…….43 hrs 21 mins. LOL

    6. God that Guardian article is terrible. If it’s a problem in America, and a problem in Russia, and a problem in Europe. Then maybe it’s not just an American problem…

      Sure criticise his driving in an article, or go after his off track actions too if that’s what you prefer. But that was some kind of weird hit piece that said absolutely nothing new and made some very skeptical comparisons.

      Absolute rubbish journalism.

      1. @skipgamer Yes that was bizarre and disturbing

      2. @skipgamer @balue I don’t know if you read the Guardian, but I do and occasionally I’ll read a Giles Richards article and god they’re awful. Have a look at one if you have time, it caters neither to people who are informed on F1 (us I guess) or the casual reader flicking through the ‘other articles’.

        It sounds like he’s never watched a race, instead recalling something someone told him last night in the pub which he half listened to. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Guardian is one of those publications Dieter sometimes mentions as ripping off bits of other peoples work and sort of incoherently jumbling them together.

        As for the ‘it being a problem in America’, I think Andrew Lawrence is American and may have written that article for the US version of the Guardian site with a view that only the US would see it (obviously not the case, nor does it make it less disturbing that that article is considered fine in the US).

        1. I say this as a Guardian reader, and an F1 fan, but I don’t mix the two. Like a migraine and sunlight.

          1. @bernasaurus So which is which? :-D

      3. Mark in Florida
        29th May 2021, 15:20

        @skipgamer What are they the Guardian of? I say the Guardian of trash. It seems that this rag forgot about such home grown losers as Jo Palmer etc. Every country has produced dubious teams and drivers, its part and parcel of this so called world class racing. So to say that somehow a driver who is not even an American is now an American villain is ludicrous. Maybe Ayrton was actually British because he drove for McLaren by this writers logic.

    7. Even more points for the fastest teams with sprint races? That’ll be great for tightening up the championship…
      I wonder if Mercedes complained that sprint races aren’t worth enough to them? More points? Okay.

      1. Tightening op the championship by tightening the points differences is pure cosmetics, You run away in smaller chunks, but you catch up in smaller chunks as well.
        It only makes the standings more more punishing to DNFs. Assuming that their car is still more reliable than RB, merc would actually benefit from small points differences.

    8. Sounds like a terrible idea, bonus points for a clean sweep.

      Like the double points finale, it will just become a bargaining gimic for the FIA. We’d likely see sprint races popping up in Dubai, Saudi Arabia etc. Who ever can pay the extra, remember all grand prix are equal except some races are more equal than others.

      We already have an incentive to win both races, it’s the points. We have an incentive to get pole, it’s to start the race in the best position. There is no real situation where drivers are actively avoiding winning races that we have to provide them with extra incentive is there?

      1. Indeed it does!

    9. Yeah why does the milk has to be white all the time eh

    10. Shovlin seems like a top bloke. His skill is of course beyond question.

    11. Bonus points is a fantastic idea.

      I can’t wait for more opportunities for points to be gained like:
      A point for every lap led.
      A point for the most spectacular crash.
      A point for the fastest pit stop
      A point for the best helmet design with it being mandatory that the designs must change every week.
      A point just for finishing the race

      Be even better when we get Fan Eject where we get to vote on who gets ejected from the race 10 laps from the end. Just think of the excitement and the fans will be engaged

      Loving it.

      1. I think giving the drivers banana’s to throw behind their cars is also something that should be taken into account. Or a rocket engine which can be deployed by the last placed driver.

        1. And you’d both still watch it

          1. Well that’s exactly what they’re hoping. That us rusted on fans will keep watching regardless, just like other race series and sports have also assumed.

            Not necessarily worked out that way for NASCAR, Supercars etc

            I’ll certainly be cherry picking what I watch this year and see myself not watching at all in a couple of years if it becomes over gimmicky.

            1. The problem is: What’s the alternative? If every series is doing the same stuff, what do you do?
              I guess the choice is either to quit watching car racing, or embrace whatever it becomes.
              Pretty much every series still has something to offer even with all this additional features. Most of them manage to strike a better balance than F1 does, though.

            2. @dbradock “if it becomes over gimmicky.” Lol you’ve already got yourself all worked up into a lather with all kinds of ridiculous sarcastic imaginings, so I guess this is your way of being pleasantly surprised when you find it is not going to be gimmicky at all. Mr. Overreaction ;)

              Me: No I don’t feel like going for a walk right now.

              You: Oh great, so you’re never going to walk again then. That’s just great.

            3. Coventry Climax
              29th May 2021, 1:15

              It’s not becoming over-gimmicky, it already is.

    12. Love that 2006 shot and its memories! Renault’s beautiful blue livery, Montoya’s last podium and already looking like he was done with F1, DC’s most famous podium, Flavio being Flavio, Michelin tires… 2005-2007 were the years that cemented me to F1 Fanatic level. :)

    13. Is the text on that Mercedes tweet the polite corporate version of Leave us alone – we know what we’re doing?

    14. He said this format “can become the permanent way to ruin the most historic and iconic grand prix”.

    15. Why award more points to the likely dominant cars? Incentivate the drivers? Incentive oozes from the drivers like sweat already. These gimmicky changes seem ill considered and are at risk of diluting the enjoyment, for me anyway.
      One motive for the sprint race format apparently is to attract a younger audience but we were all part of the younger audience at one point yet we came to love F1 – what a sad indictment that youngsters these days seemingly have shorter attention spans. How long before the Sunday main event is shortened to cater for the dumbed down “youth”?

      1. A very long time.

        Don’t mistake some older people’s opinions on young people’s attentions spans with actual young people’s attention spans.
        People will watch something if they can (accessibility) and if it’s interesting/rewarding for them (quality/appeal).

        F1 lacks both.

      2. Yes, it seems these youngsters who binge watch series straight off and play Call of Duty for 6 hours at a time; whilst streaming themselves doing it on twitch, have short attention spans. And the plethora of these kids bedecked in team merchandise that have sprung up on social media with their F1 reaction and review videos are clearly not the sort of ‘youths’ that F1 is looking to attract.
        It is quite refreshing to note though that they all quite good; and quite vocal, about calling out the fake excitement spread by certain Sky presenters, and the false storylines pushed by certain media outlets , including those who sell Drive to Survive as being entirely truthful.

    16. Jelle van der Meer (@)
      28th May 2021, 7:50

      Awarding bonus points to someone that already got maximum points in a weekend is not going to help to keep the championship more exciting.

      1. @jelle-van-der-meer F1 is following the path of football. Like Superleague it was suppose to help big teams get more money. If there is more races in F1 it’s of course better for someones wallet. As the costs rise even more it means that F1 and all the teams needs more money. For them it is easy to say we do this to keep the sport alive. Partly true partly false. If no one inside from F1 is going to stop this I’m afraid it is going to happen.

        I can’t see F1 fans all around the world doing the same thing as football fans and start protesting in a same scale.

    17. Re Mercedes: Even Ferrari helped them with a hammer.

    18. Sprint race ‘grand slams’ could award extra points

      Soon you will get extra point if you wake up at 7 o’clock 5 days in a row…

    19. Sprint race: Unnecessary.

      The Guardian: LOL.

      That wheel nut belongs in a museum.

      1. I think that just about covers it @jerejj

    20. I think that if F1 has it’s way, which is also the way all within F1 has agreed via the new Concorde Agreement, and millions and millions of fans agree too, and which should result in a more financially balanced grid of teams closer to each other, and cars able to race closely, we may (to me likely) have seen the last of ultra-dominant teams, especially ones that dominate for season after season. LH’s numbers will never be topped, and if they somehow do they will have been much harder fought for, imho, as F1 is about to be vastly different.

      So this year sure we could have for the trial weekends one driver win the ‘triple’ by topping each day, likely either Max or LH. But what are the odds? Seems to me that for starters the pole winners so far only win the race half the time anyway.

      I think it would be quite an achievement for a driver to win all three days on any one of the three trial weekends this season, let alone do it for all three trial weekends, let alone do it next year onwards, if they do indeed continue with this concept after this year’s trials.

      So, extra points for the triple on a weekend? Sure, why not? I think it will be rare, and won’t be for extra incentive, as the incentive is already there, it’s just that it would be special, and as I say even more rare next year and on.

      1. I disagree, @robbie. I think we are going to see even more periods of similar dominance.
        Not because of the budget cap but because of the technical regs. They are as restrictive, and prescriptive, as ever and that isn’t getting better.
        What kept dominance at bay in the past was that there was always room within the regulations for teams to come up with a different way to produce (or decrease) lap time.
        Pretty much every change to the technical regs in the last 20-30 years has taken away that headroom, leaving every car increasingly similar in design. Nobody can come up with something different, as everything is specified already or soon outlawed.

        1. S I think the point is that now, as opposed to the past, it won’t be a limitless money game, and as well cars won’t be just sat behind other cars in dirty air, even if they’re a bit faster. As well, there is still room for innovation. Generally speaking, the more spec a series, the less chance of one team and/or driver dominating so much throughout a season let alone season after season, so obviously with our more recent and current example of Mercedes, it is either their limitless money and resources, or the fact that indeed there is room for innovation, or both, that has them so dominant for so long.

          1. Money, yes, without a doubt.
            Room for innovation – not so much – or else there would be more opportunity for another team to catch up using a different method.
            The most obvious extreme examples are turbos or superchargers when everyone is NA; 6 wheels when everyone else has 4; Wings when everyone else has a clean cigar-shaped car; Ground effects when everyone is is using draggy aerofoils; A fan when everyone else has a passive chassis…
            Clearly the rules don’t allow these sorts of diversions anymore, so what’s a team able to do to go faster than the team that did it best at the beginning of the regulatory period? They can only do essentially the same thing better.
            Virtually impossible under such a strict regulatory environment even without a budget cap… Then add the budget cap as well…

            1. S but obviously not ‘virtually impossible’ and certainly you are presenting extreme different approaches that took place during a way different time. We all know very well that F1 had become a money game over decades and had made F1 unsustainable and is why Liberty has had to right the ship and why the teams are on board as well.

              Don’t get me wrong I am not anti-innovation whatsoever, but I am realistic about what has become essential for now for F1 to do to get themselves sustainable. I hope for a day again when F1 has built itself back up and has grown in sponsors, grid size, and audience, and can relax the rules on innovation again, but for now this is just what they have to do. And, it is not like it is totally spec or anything like that. There are still areas for them to innovate within the restrictions. But they only have to look themselves in the mirror to acknowledge it had gotten out of hand, and for now there has to be a bit of a zeroing of the scales.

            2. @robbie
              Shouldn’t the budget cap actually take care of all that itself? Budget caps and prize money distribution does = financial sustainability – provided the income is secure over the longer term, of course.

              Realistically, if every team had the same budget – there should be no practical reason for having any technical specifications other than safety, correct? Just go out and build the fastest car you can for the money, provided it meets these safety requirements…
              But that obviously isn’t the direction that F1 will ever go – there are other outcomes that Liberty and the FIA have in mind for F1. Marketing, for instance. Representing manufacturers commercial interests, also.
              Budget cap or not – sustainability concerns or not – F1 just simply isn’t interested in increasing technical diversity, and haven’t been or a long time.

    21. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
      28th May 2021, 9:30

      Am I the only stubborn mule that literally winces reading these horrific format changes? It all sounds shambolic and desperate. It’s all about the ‘Grand Prix’ the Sunday, we build up and get excited through the weekend and qualifying is great entertainment ahead of the main event. We’ve effectively lost qualifying now as it’s so diminished (plus believe it or not like other fans I work on a Friday so won’t be able to watch). Then we have the start of the race on Saturday, which then effectively gets red flagged and carried on on the Sunday.

      This is as bad as the double points fiasco of 2014 for me.

      1. What can you expect from the likes of Brawn and Domenicalli who are practically multimillionaires caring only for the numbers. As are the rest of the paddock working behind the scenes – multimillionaires desperate to cash on their product more and more.

    22. Neil (@neilosjames)
      28th May 2021, 9:38

      That Guardian article… I used to work in the world of content production and occasionally, someone would randomly ping an email at me asking for an article on something I didn’t really know anything about. Sometimes they’d request that I somehow shoehorned in a tenuous connection to some other event or topic that had no connection at all to the original subject, because doing that would allow them to make a more clickable headline or promote the article towards a particular demographic.

      I’d bet at least 50p and half a box of Tic Tacs that Andrew Lawrence received one of those emails.

      1. @neilosjames Nah he did it by himself. Everything is politicized these days, and Guardian is right up there with the worst of them.

    23. Whilst I understand the value of meritocracy within sport, F1’s litany of positive feedback loops are at the heart of what is wrong with the current state of our sport, and they’re looking to add more? Giving those at the front an even greater advantage seems like yet another example of answering a question that was never asked.

    24. I agree that the guardian article is poor. I am certainly not a fan of Mazepin but a whole article dedicated to his failures is poor. He is afterall a sportsman, not a president so I see no need to scrutinise all his mishaps, excluding the grope which of course he deserved to be lambasted for. The article says something along the lines of spinning into wipeouts, apart from race one where he crashed heavily most have been harmless spins driving an undeveloped, dog of a car.
      Regarding taking a knee. Thats a personal choice, it started with black athletes kneeing for their own national anthem, i agree with antiracism awareness and slogans on tshirts and to avoid doubt I’ll state that I support the BLM movement but no driver should be criticised for not kneeling, I actually personally find it insulting to the host nation and would appreciate the gesture more if for example, Hamilton would kneel on the podium during god save the queen as it is his anthem. If mazepin opts not to knee but makes a gesture to commemorate the fallen ww2 russian soildiers then thats his business and not for the press to dissect.
      Mazepin may be unlikable but give the boy a break

    25. I don’t understand this at all…. Why does it need to be incentivised? Who is going to get on pole and then think “nah, I’m not going to try in the sprint race – I’m happy to start 5th for the proper race….”

      1. @petebaldwin I don’t at all think this is for incentivizing. I think it is just being considered as a nice little bonus for someone who actually were to achieve what to me would be a rare and special thing. Especially I think next year where I don’t see any one team being nearly as dominant as Mercedes has been for so long. It will be more in the drivers’ hands. As it is now with the usual format, it is not by any means the rule that the pole winner goes on to win the race. So combine that reality with the qualifying on Friday, the Sprint Qualifying on Saturday, and then the race on Sunday, and I think one driver winning all three is going to be rare and special, and even moreso if they continue with this 3-day concept with the new cars and new budget restrictions next year onwards.

        1. @robbie, just over 40% of wins are from pole, and I suspect that would be a higher number if we just looked at the average from the Schumacher era onwards, so I don’t see it as being all that rare.

          Without wanting to sound like a broken record, why do all this stuff now?

          As you repeatedly tell us, correctly I might add, that from next year there “should” be a completely dominant team and there “should” be closer racing with less dirty air, then why not wait until the effect of what are good changes are felt?

          In fact if it’s not incentivising then what is it purpose at all?

          1. @dbradock I think that should read there ‘shouldn’t’ be a completely dominant team, but anyway, I can’t answer the question as to why now, other than that they have decided to try it, for merely three races, and the teams have agreed, and so we shall see. We’ve tossed this back and forth and will continue to do so and for now I can only say that I am happily along for the ride and grateful for what we do have in F1, and what we will have going forward.

            So from that initial approach in my opinion and attitude on everything since Liberty took over, I then try to take from what they say and do and see what positive it is they must mean, for they are not out to destroy F1 nor harm the existing viewership nor the reasons that existing viewership has been watching all this time.

            So when I think of this talk of a consideration, which is all it is for now, of extra points for someone who wins all three days of a Sprint Qualifying weekend, and having the opinion that drivers and teams do not need the extra points for incentive, I therefore surmise that it is simply that the odds of winning pole on Friday, pole for the race on Saturday, and the race itself on Sunday, would be a feat worth some sort of bonus, and I do think that will be even harder to achieve in the new chapter, so even more worthy of a bit of extra mention via a few more points.

            For now it’s a discussion they’ll have from what Domenicali is saying, and may go nowhere, as Sprint Qualifying may go nowhere for all we know, and I can simply only bottom line it that for me personally nothing regarding this concept has been anywhere near a deal breaker for me, and compared to the vastly good and necessary measures Liberty and Brawn have taken to vastly improve F1, I can only be stoked for what is ahead.

            1. Hey @robbie, you’re correct, should have read “shouldn’t” thanks for pointing that out.

              As for the rest, particularly the why, I’m stumped. I’m looking forward to having a conversation with you in about a year or so when we’ll be able to see more clearly how this plays out.

              I hope you’re right, I really do. I just don’t have the confidence that you have but I certainly respect your opinion and your right to have it.

            2. @dbradock And I respect your’s too, and expect we will have many more conversations before a year or so arrives, and I look forward to it.

    26. Speaking of the sprint qualifying, I just saw an article about how they are working on some more of those (Awful & Unnecessary) AWS prediction graphics specific for the sprint race. There is a specific quote from Rob Smedley I want to highlight.

      “If it’s kind of a blur and it’s all different, and you don’t really know what’s happening until the end, I think we’re going to lose some of the advantage of the sprint qualifying.”.

      Isn’t not knowing what’s happening until the end what we want from any race? If they are going to have graphics that are telling us what the likely outcome is going to be then it just takes all of the tension out of the race. A part of the fun of watching any race is not knowing how things are going to play out until towards the end.

      1. +1
        I don’t look at any of the graphics now for that exact reason. It’s like watching a predictable movie with spoilers at regular intervals.
        If this is in the hope of attracting more new audience, the last thing they want is to be flooded with graphs, numbers and predictions.
        Just give them (and the rest of us) better racing, and make sure you wait for it to actually happen before you analyse the fun out of it.

    27. Lewisham Milton
      28th May 2021, 12:16

      A thousand bonus points for the world’s worst pit stop?

    28. Is it just me that feels very uncomfortable with the points scoring structure changing mid-season? I know we haven’t had any sprint races yet, but it sits badly with me that there could be more or less points available than when the 10 teams started the Championship.

      1. Ah, but the magic of F1 now is that the teams are actually agreeing to these changes.
        Whether that makes it better or worse is open for debate…

    29. Only two words. Corporate Idi0ts. Nothing to add, nothing to explain.

    30. More gimmicks to trying to make up for the fact that the cars are steadily becoming much less of a visceral experience for an audience. Not only that but the strongest cars will get an even bigger championship advantage, making it even more hopeless for everyone else.

    31. I cannot help myself, but still feeling that the regulations are still not complicated enough — to attract MAX masses of new young fans …

    32. If that’s your game then why not give a point for EVERY fastest lap during the race? Even if the driver is in the last position. Or give every driver points starting with 25 for first place, dropping to 20 for second, 19 for third and so on to last place. Or give drivers a point for every t-shirt that does some kind of virtue signaling. I could go on but I suspect you’re so bored you didn’t even read all the way here. Oh wait! How about giving only the top three finishers pints since the rest of the field doesn’t matter anyway? The manufacturers can still receive points for every car to keep them in the sport. Or how about just making it a racing event?

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