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Sky Sports Insider’s bold take, Points Down to 20th Place in Formula 1

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Formula 1 is indeed considering a change to the points system, and there’s a proposed plan to expand points down to twelfth place starting from 2025. This adjustment comes in response to complaints from smaller teams about the difficulty of earning points for lower placements. The idea is to make racing in the midfield more consequential by offering rewards to a broader range of finishers.

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Discussions about point systems and scoring mechanisms are frequent. Recently, Sky Sports commentator David Croft stirred the pot with a radical suggestion: points down to 20th place.

Croft’s Vision: Points for All Finishers Formula 1

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Croft’s proposal is straightforward: if you finish a race, you score at least one point. He advocates extending the point-scoring positions all the way down to 20th place. Here’s why this idea has both Formula 1 supporters and skeptics:

  1. Leveling the Playing Field: Croft’s plan would benefit midfield teams. In the fiercely competitive midfield, where every point matters, extending scoring to 20th place would allow more teams to get on the board. It would also help fans differentiate between closely matched teams.
  2. One-Off Points Placement: Occasionally, a team or driver has a standout performance in a single race. Take George Russell’s P2 finish at the 2021 Belgian GP. Williams, struggling overall, earned 43% of their season points from that one race. Extending scoring could better reflect such exceptional performances.
  3. Long-Term Impact: Croft’s proposal considers the long game. Teams consistently finishing in the bottom 10 face seasons-long disadvantages against luckier rivals. More points for lower positions could level the playing field over time.
  4. Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton: The battle for the championship often involves the top contenders. Croft’s plan wouldn’t alter the epic fights between drivers like Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton—it would primarily impact the midfield of Formula 1.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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