“I’d go with a point for pole position” – Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner has suggested few modifications to the F1 points system, and yes, it has a mention of the reverse grid.
The current F1 points system places a lot of emphasis on the podium finishers, awarding them 25, 18, and 15 points. An additional point is awarded for the fastest lap, which Red Bull had campaigned for.
Horner has also suggested points for the ‘winner’ of the qualifying session, as well as awarding more points to the sprint qualifying and reversing the grid to make Sunday races more competitive, something that was not the case at Portimao.
“We campaigned very heavily for the point for fastest lap [in a grand prix] and I think that’s a positive. I think I’d go with a point for pole position even because that has value.
“Maybe more can be done with sprint qualifying in the future because the points are a critical element as well. Maybe put more emphasis on the points for that race and then reverse that grid.”
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Horner status quo to sprint qualifying proposal
Horner also supported the decision to host sprint qualifying in just three venues, as he believes in the classic current weekend format. The future of the Saturday mini-event all depends on the response it gets this season.
“I’m happy to support the promoters to give it (sprint qualifying) a go because I think if we don’t try something different, how do you know if it’s any better or not?
“Part of me thinks a Grand Prix has a classic qualifying and a race element to it, but then this could bring something extra. And I think if it’s not on every single race, it could be something quite interesting.”