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FORMULA 1 ANNOUNCED A DRASTIC CHANGE IN THE SUM OF POINTS FOR THE 2022 SEASON

The highest category of world motorsports will have news for the drivers' world championship. In the middle of the presentation of the team


The highest category of world motorsports will have news for the drivers’ world championship.

In the middle of the presentation of the teams’ cars, F1 announced a change in the points total for this year. The category announced that during 2022 there will be three sprint races: they will be in Imola, Italy; at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria and at the Interlagos racetrack in São Paulo, Brazil.

And in those tests, which take place on Saturdays instead of the traditional classification, there will be a new record of points. Until last year, only the three who got on the podium added up: three points for the winner, two for second and one for third in the sprint. Now, the winner will take eight units for the drivers’ championship and the count will decrease until the rider who finishes in 8th place, who will add one point.

The other significant change, compared to 2021, is that the car that finishes with the best record on Friday will be awarded as the winner of the qualifying for the category statistics. What does not change is the starting grid for the final competition on Sundays on the weekends where there will be a sprint race: the drivers will start according to the order of arrival on Saturday.

The following modifications were decreed: no points will be awarded unless the leader has completed a minimum of two laps without the intervention of a Safety Car or Virtual Safety Car. If the leader completed more than two laps but less than 25% of the distance scheduled race, the first five classified will receive fewer units (the first will add 6 points until the 5th, who will have a unit).

If the leader completed 25% but less than 50% of the scheduled race distance, points will be awarded to the top nine (13 for the winner up to 1 point for 9th) and if the leader completes 50% but less than 75% of the scheduled race distance, points will be awarded to the top 10 (19 units for the winner, 14 for the 2nd, 12 for the 3rd and decreases until the last one, which adds one point).

Lastly, any percentage of the race distance completed above that threshold will see full points awarded to the top 10, as is the case when in an event that has a conventional run.