Fastest lap point will be irrelevant and confusing

Fastest lap point will be irrelevant and confusing

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

Fastest lap is the great imposter of racing statistics. It's a contextless snapshot of a race - one that tells you a little, but far less than its prominence in Formula 1 driver career records suggests.

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.

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