Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said he is intrigued at how the new points change regarding fastest laps will impact Formula 1® races.
The driver who sets the fastest lap at Formula 1® events in 2019 will record an extra point – but only if they also finish in the top 10 of the race.
The move is designed to grow audiences and Formula 1® managing director Ross Brawn said earlier this week that the initiative could “improve the show while maintaining the integrity of the sport”.
Speaking on day one of the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, five-time world champion Hamilton said he was curious about how the rule change would play out.
“It’s bringing on extra points,” Hamilton said on Thursday.
“It will be interesting to see how people will try to get those extra points. It will be interesting.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is known as one of the most aggressive Formula 1® drivers and could be one of the main beneficiaries of the tinkering to the rules.
“I think it can be nice but it can also work against you, maybe, when you’re fighting for a title,” he said.
“I guess time will tell how it’s all going to work out but for sure, you can play a bit with it as a team.”
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo disagreed with Verstappen but added he had not “really thought that much about it”.
“I don’t think it will decide a championship … but it could do,” the Australian said.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel added that he does not “expect much change” but Williams driver Robert Kubica believes the new rules “can unlock some strange scenarios”.
Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.