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Alonso against possible extending of F1 points system

Written by  Jul 13, 2018

Fernando Alonso has expressed his opposition to possible plans which would see the current Formula 1 points system extended to either 15th or even 20th place.

The topic of points has always been debated with previously the top six, then the top eight and now the top ten finishers all scoring, with the gaps between each position also changing several times.

With three teams dominating and others struggle to score at all, the idea to expand has gained traction, with Liberty Media reportedly considering the idea.

Alonso disagrees, however, believing it should remain an achievement for some to aspire to, remembering one of the famous examples in recent history.

“The leading drivers always get points and so it can be a great moment if you get 2 points,” he told Germany’s Sport.de.

“I remember when Jules [Bianchi] was ninth in Monaco [in 2014] and scored points, which was a miracle and a great moment for the sport.”

The same can be said for when Pascal Wehrlein matched Bianchi's feat of scoring for Marussia, when it became Manor in 2016, finishing 10th in Austria.

In previous years the battle for the final positions in the championship has been more competitive than the front, with Sauber famously scoring in Brazil later that year, to deprive Manor 10th in the Constructors' and ultimately led to their collapse.

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