F1 » Mercedes wanted Raikkonen in F1, reveals manager

Mercedes Grand Prix was too late in its efforts to secure the services of 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen for next season, the Finn's manager Steve Robertson reveals...

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hellhound - Unregistered

December 10, 2009 8:44 PM

completely off topic (but as crash seems intent on posting rubbish)i see on another site fia considering changing points system to 25 for first 20 for 2nd and so on Great idea methinks , increase the gap between 1st & 2nd and award points down to 10th place
guys n gals what ya think?

Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

December 10, 2009 9:16 PM

Well as long as we are going off topic, if we give points for pole and fastest lap... why not give 1 point for worst pitstop, and 5 points for the overall cockup that creates the largest wreck during a race... at the very least some of the lesser teams and drivers would have a chance at getting some points.

Paul Buckland

December 10, 2009 9:17 PM

Yes, BBC are reporting this consideration to a revised points system. I have always advocated awarding points to at least the top ten, and now that we will see 26 car grids again it makes sense to do it now. There should be points for pole too, but I have never been convinced about the merit of points for fastest lap as that is always reliant on chance and circumstance and can be completely random.

Esteban - Unregistered

December 10, 2009 9:28 PM

The only change that should be made to the current, and almost perfect, points system is a point for fastest lap. Greater point difference between 1st and 2nd would only mean the season would be over several races earlier, and a point for pole is just stupid (getting pole is the reward in itself).

andrew mac

December 10, 2009 9:30 PM

I too would like to see a point for pole and the fastest lap but I would prefer if the points went back to the old 10 for first down to 1 for sixth. Points going upto 25 for first may work whilst there is a bigger grid, but what happens when the grid shrinks?


December 10, 2009 9:54 PM

I like new points idea, gives the driver more reason to push for 1st 2nd 3rd if they have a chance, or if they don't :p Top 10 atleast should be getting points if we are going to see the 26 car grid (maybe 28 if Stefan GP have their way) other wise there's simply nothing to aim for for the lower teams.

Overall I do believe it will increase the spectacle...


Mark _

December 10, 2009 10:24 PM

I don't like the idea of changing the points structure, again. I agree that winning the pole is prize enough. It is no longer possible to change strategy for a more competitive qualifying lap so this would not shake up the grid any.

I could live with changing 1st to 12 points to increase the incentive for winning but we don't need to award points to more finishers.

Alan D - Unregistered

December 10, 2009 10:42 PM

A point for fastest lap? Why not give points for artistic impression as well then? Its a race, about who gets over the line first. I don't care who does the fastest lap in the race, or who started on pole, only what order they finish in. With a point for fastest lap you'd get the silly situation of cars which are out of the points making sure they saved the brakes, pitting with five laps to go when they are low on fuel, just to put on fresh tyres and then gun it for the last five laps to see if they could get the bonus point. People moaned because Hamilton was "only fifth" when he clinched his WDC. Imagine if he'd clinched it by coming 19th but with a bonus point for fastest lap.

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