The advantage points system that allows drivers to compete in Formula 1 made headlines recently after AlphaTauri was banned from contracting IndyCar driver Colton Herta.
Despite being an eight-time IndyCar winner and third place in the 2020 championship, he’s eight points short of the 40 required to gain supremacy.
This is the number the FIA has declared that all drivers must reach if they want a chance in Formula 1.
But the score is more than 10 points if the driver wins the Formula E championship, and Vandoorne believes that is just a mistake.
“I think the Formula E champion should definitely earn more points,” the former Formula 1 driver told GPFans.
“In the end, all the drivers who actually drive Formula E have won all those championships in the past – either Formula Renault, Formula 3, GP2 or Formula 2.
“Many of the drivers who drive here have won championships in the past and proven themselves. Many of them – myself included – have been to Formula 1 racing and have a history in Formula 1.
“It’s already a select group of drivers competing in this championship, so maybe it doesn’t make sense that they only get 30 points for that.”
Formula E scores 30 points for the winner, 25 for the second, and 20 for the third.
Vandoorne believes Nyck de Vries, ninth in this year’s Formula E Championship, beat his more experienced teammate Nicolas Latifi when he made his F1 debut at the Italian Grand Prix.
“Of course, it’s a good upgrade for everyone in Formula E. It shows how competitive this championship is,” he explained.
“I think many drivers who drive in Formula E could do well if they were given a chance in Formula 1. Nyck was the ultimate proof of that.”
The points system should be abolished
Regardless of adjusting the numbers, the advantage points system should be scrapped because it prevents good drivers, say fans of great Colton Herta and IndyCar, from racing in Formula 1.
Formula 1 has a system of supremacy because years ago a certain young driver made his way to the grid when he was just 17 years old, and did so in just one season of single-seat racing under his belt.
The FIA feared a catastrophe and decided to take action, introducing a system to ensure drivers were at least 18 years old and had racing experience.
It was decided that drivers were required to earn points from the entry-level categories, with 40 points required in a three-year period to award supremacy.
One could say it’s fair enough, but then the FIA went and awarded the series that it supported the most points.
Whoever wins the Formula 2 title gets 40 points, as do the second and third place holders. But for IndyCar, second place drops to 30 and third to 20.
Even Formula 3 gets you more points from fourth place down to the top ten. Even worse, fifth place in Formula Regional scores better than P5 in IndyCar.
Can the FIA really justify that Isack Hadjar, P4 in this year’s Formula 3 series, is more suitable than fourth-placed IndyCar’s Scott McLaughlin?
The system must be abolished, judging drivers’ race wins and podiums with the top three in the biggest motorsport series – and the FIA knows which ones are allowed – to enter the Formula 1 grid.
By the way that 17 year old F1, that was Max Verstappen.
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