F1 leaders will meet to discuss a potential change to the points system on Thursday but how would that affect the 2024 championship if it was already in place?

Teams on the grid before an F1 race

Although it is doubtful that anything will change until 2025 at the latest, we have done the maths to determine who would gain the most from the exchange if it were implemented right now.

What is the proposed F1 points system?

 

The top ten drivers who cross the finish line receive points under the present rules, and the driver in that top ten who records the fastest lap receives an additional point.

However, that would change under the proposed proposal, which would award the top 12 and provide the extra two spaces the opportunity to earn the fastest lap point.

The current scoring system is 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1; however, the proposed regulations would modify it to 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1, which would affect the results from the seventh position onward.

 

Who would be the big winners?

Haas is the clear winner according to the statistics after we implemented the new approach for this season.

This year, teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who has placed between ninth and eleventh four times, would get an extra eight points, while Kevin Magnussen, who has placed twelve twice, would have an extra four.

That’s 240% more than Haas’ current total of five points, or a total of 12 additional points this season. They would also pass RB in the standings to move up to sixth if this system were in effect.

The proposed points changesThe proposed points changesAs for RB, Daniel Ricciardo would be off the mark for his one point earned in Australia while Alex Albon, Zhou Guanyu and Esteban Ocon would also have broken their duck. It’s bad news for Pierre Gasly,

Valtteri Bottas and Logan Sargeant though as they would remain on zero points.

Following Haas is actually Mercedes, who would pick up six extra points entirely through Lewis Hamilton. With the seven-time World Champion, it is not even a case of him finishing P11 or P12 but instead his existing positions being more valuable in terms of points. Those six points would not be enough to move Mercedes up the standings though as they were still some way off McLaren in P3.

Aston Martin are another team with six extra points with both Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll adding three each. Williams would be next on the list with an extra five thanks to Albon while McLaren would also get an extra four.

RB picks up an extra three with both Alpine and Stake getting an extra two. The only teams and drivers that would be left entirely unchanged are Red Bull and Ferrari who have yet to complete a race outside of the top five.

 

Added financial benefit to F1 points change

 

The planned points modification would theoretically increase competition in the rear half of the grid, but it would also provide the FIA another source of revenue.

The proposed approach would give the governing body an additional $1.26 million in revenue annually in addition to awarding eight extra points every race at the existing pay-per-point rate of entry fees the teams pay to the FIA.

 

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