Point for fastest lap – race-by-race verdict
- 22nd March 2019, 16:25 at 4:25 pm #389546Keith CollantineKeymaster
Is the new point for fastest lap making a difference? Did you like how it affected the Australian Grand Prix?
Give your first thoughts on the new rule below and we’ll see how it evolves over the rest of the season.23rd March 2019, 0:26 at 12:26 am #389556ScottieParticipant
I enjoyed the increased tension at the end of the race. Sure, the gaps between cars weren’t all that close, but hearing the radio transmissions, and knowing some drivers were pushing their cars as hard as they dared added to the interest at the end.23rd March 2019, 21:44 at 9:44 pm #389584glynhParticipant
Wasn’t a fan of the idea but I enjoyed it in Australia, it added some tension to the end of the race when overtaking looked unlikely.2nd April 2019, 9:59 at 9:59 am #390805Ben NeedhamParticipant
It wasn’t so much a factor in Bahrain due to the Safety Car at the end, but even before then it seemed drivers weren’t pushing too hard for it. I’m sure it’ll be a lot like this over the year; one race it’s a real factor, the next it’s very much a side attraction.29th June 2019, 7:01 at 7:01 am #398839JosiahParticipant
It’s just a gimmick. If a driver has enough of a gap to make a free stop. Otherwise it’s redundant.29th July 2019, 3:42 at 3:42 am #402517PhylypParticipant
So in an eventful race like yesterday’s German GP, it can easily go unnoticed. Then again, I’d say that’s not due to the quality of racing, “eventful” was the keyword – so many things happened during even the concluding laps of the race that keeping track of the fastest lap fell by the wayside. In contrast, we could still have a good race that includes tension around the FLAP point – and I say that as someone who’s not overly enamoured of the idea of a point for FLAP.29th July 2019, 9:11 at 9:11 am #402521MatthijsParticipant
@phylyp Prior to this season I was afraid that the point for fastest lap would lead to all sorts of crazy strategies. it turned out that in some races it added to the exitement but in most races it added little to the race. So my fears seem to be unjustified, now I am rather indifferent about this point. But it could prove valuable in the points table in the end.29th July 2019, 9:18 at 9:18 am #402522PhylypParticipant
@matthijs – I think “indifferent” sums up my feelings as well. On a level, I know these 21 points can make a difference in the title, but in most races it feels like a bolted-on addition when the top 6 cars attempt a brief shootout.2nd August 2019, 7:01 at 7:01 am #402766MatthijsParticipant
I must admit, the point for fastest lap added something to the already action-packed German GP. Vettel was determined to get that extra point on the last lap but ran wide on the still slippery track and nearly lost his second place as a result.9th September 2019, 10:14 at 10:14 am #405472KaIIeParticipant
Did the point for fastest lap add anything to the Italian GP? No. Hamilton was able to pit near the end of the race and there was zero excitement if he could snatch the extra point with the fresh soft tyres. Before that, the fastest lap was going to Bottas, and while it would’ve been deserved, it really did not add anything to the race, just a case of Bottas pitting later than the first two cars.9th September 2019, 13:23 at 1:23 pm #405479Ben NeedhamParticipant
@kaiie – I generally agree, but I think it’s significant that Vettel’s spin also gifted Mercedes another point. If Vettel was fourth still, Hamilton would have been unable to pit. Vettel probably could have done instead and taken fourth and the bonus point.9th September 2019, 21:53 at 9:53 pm #405484Djangles LeVaughnParticipant
Hasn’t done it for me. Besides a gimmick I also think it’s a luxury only the fast teams can enjoy.13th September 2019, 4:55 at 4:55 am #405607DeeAnn HopingsParticipant
The concept doesn’t interest me at all. I’m waiting for someone the either crash while making an attempt or lose a position or 2 and that cancels out the possible one point.
I would have much rather seen a point given for Most Laps Led…
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