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The positives of awarding a point for fastest lap in Formula 1 grands prix are limited - the new rule is going to be at best irrelevant, and at worst confusing and give rise to new conspiracies
While awarding a point for fastest lap in each F1 race superficially appeals as a means to add an extra dimension to grands prix, it creates problems. The fact that this new point must be caveated by a rule awarding it only to drivers if they finish in the top 10 is proof that it is fundamentally flawed from the off.
It's not an unprecedented move. For the first 10 seasons of the world championship, there was a point for fastest lap, which was transferred to reward sixth place from 1960 onwards.
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