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Even big F1 teams happy with points system tweak

Even big F1 teams happy with points system tweak
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A move to expand the range of points-awarding positions in Formula 1 from the top ten finishers to the top twelve is expected to easily pass the initial stage of approval.

A move to expand the range of points-awarding positions in Formula 1 from the top ten finishers to the top twelve is expected to easily pass the initial stage of approval.

The F1 Commission, a crucial body in the decision-making process that comes before the final approval by the World Motor Sport Council, is slated to review this proposal in Geneva this week.

Should the FIA and Formula One Management (FOM) endorse the suggestion, which seems probable, the affirmative votes from just half of the ten teams would suffice for the proposal to move forward to the World Motor Sport Council.

It is generally anticipated that the smaller teams, which stand to gain from more opportunities to earn points, will overwhelmingly support the change.

Laurent Mekies, the chief of the Red Bull-operated RB team, confirmed: "Of course I like it. We have six manufacturers and Red Bull Racing, so that's seven top teams," he elaborated. "It's almost impossible to explain to partners that we are fighting for P11 which yields nothing. I don't even see a negative side," the Frenchman remarked. "Having good teams without points is not good for the sport, I think."

Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing's leader Christian Horner has declared himself "impartial," which suggests a leaning towards a favourable response, with even Ferrari also showing support.

"I can understand that it is frustrating for the midfield teams to end up eleventh after a great performance and come away empty-handed," stated team principal Frederic Vasseur. "I come from Alfa Romeo, remember."

With a positive response anticipated both from the F1 Commission and the World Motor Sport Council, this adjustment could be incorporated into the sporting regulations for 2025.

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