This, in my opinion, would serve two purposes. Racers like Verstappen who scythe through the pack would be generously rewarded, and so would the likes of Fernando Alonso, who has overtaken plenty of cars this season but has been the victim of some terrible mechanical reliability that has deprived him of points finishes.
But you’d also open up the possibility of teams deliberately qualifying further down the grid to try to maximise their points-scoring opportunities.
If, for example, you were Mercedes and you were confident that Lewis Hamilton could overtake the entire field at a circuit with several overtaking opportunities, you might choose to qualify further down the order, with an eye on the 100 points for a win plus a healthy overtaking bonus of, say, another 30-40 points.
The result? Lewis enjoys himself because he gets to do some real racing, he still earns the most points and the fans go away happy after a sensational race. There’s obviously jeopardy involved because the possibility of getting involved in an incident is higher in the middle of the pack, but teams would have to balance that against the potential rewards.
For Monaco, obviously, qualifying strongly would be of paramount importance. But imagine Hamilton, Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel all choosing to start near the back around Spa or Silverstone…
Complicated? Yes, perhaps, but it doesn’t really affect the on-track action. The key is continuing to ensure a race victory is the most valuable achievement in terms of points – but making a grand prix win earned the hard way more rewarding still.
And you can’t tell me that a sport as technologically advanced as F1 can’t work out a way of rapidly calculating points permutations during a race.
We might get more deserving champions, too. We’ve had title winners in the past who haven’t had to face much season-long opposition or have been paired with a subservient teammate, depriving us of an inter-team tussle at the very least.
Imagine if the driver who best combined strong overall results with deft overtaking prowess and sublime speed across the race and qualifying won the title. Okay, so there’s a strong chance that Hamilton would still come out on top…
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