Formula One is set to tweak the scoring system this season by awarding an extra point to the driver setting the fastest race lap. An informed source told Reuters the outcome of an e-vote of the Formula One commission was expected on Monday and the change written into the regulations in time for next week's opening race in Melbourne.
The move has been approved already by the governing FIA's World Motor Sport Council, although not mentioned in a statement of decisions taken on Thursday. Final approval is expected to be a formality. The extra point would be available only if the driver setting the fastest lap also finished in the top 10 scoring positions.
Formula One awarded a point for the fastest lap over the first decade of its existence as a world championship from 1950-59. That made all the difference in 1958, when Mike Hawthorn won the title for Ferrari to become the first British world champion. Hawthorn won only one race to compatriot Stirling Moss's four but had five fastest laps to his rival's three.
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