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Opinion: Why points for pole and fastest lap are bad ideas

Last week there was some talk amongst F1 fans, encouraged by Martin Brundle on twitter, about the idea of awarding points for pole position and also for fastest lap. In general, there seemed to be a lot of support for both concepts but I think there are some genuine downsides that need to be taken into consideration. I don’t believe either suggestion actually adds any value to the sport, but my main objection is that both unnecessarily complicate the championship picture. Every Grand Prix has two stories. There is the story of the race plus the story of the championship which helps give it context. If you give drivers two additional methods to score points, you complicate the overall...
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