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Gascoyne calls for points extension

16 January 2013


Caterham's Mike Gascoyne has suggested that the points awarded in F1 be extended to cover the entire field in order to reward the efforts of the smaller teams.

Only the top ten finishers are currently awarded championship points – a number that has been increased from six to eight to ten – over the last ten years, but Gascoyne believes that should be changed in order to prevent a repeat of the situation that almost saw Caterham miss out on prize money in 2012 despite being the best of the three smallest teams on the grid.

Only a late move for eleventh place by Vitaly Petrov on Charles Pic at the Brazilian Grand Prix pushed the Leafield team back into the all-important tenth place in the standings, after Timo Glock's twelfth place in Singapore threatened to trump a trio of 13ths recorded by Petrov and team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in a season where reliability was strong throughout the field.

"[Petrov's move was] massively important - there were about £7million good reasons to do it," Gascoyne told Sky Sports, "It was a fantastic job from Vitaly to do that, but it is what we deserved as the team was in front of Marussia for the whole year.

“We were a better team than they were, and it would have been an anomaly if we hadn't finished tenth because it is just on that one [race] position.

"I think you have to look at putting points all the way down [the field] because, when you [decide championship positions] from your best race, we out performed them at every race and could have lost a huge amount of money on one race. That is not what it should be about.”


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