TRACK POINTS

Zhou's car entirely upside-down, with Zhou saying "hey, at least I got 10 points"

The drivers and constructor on your Losers Team earn Track Points at every race. This page explains how those Track Points work.

You can attempt to earn more Track Points by making your team members worse. You can do this by using Ejector Seats to change your drivers and constructor.

You can add to Track points with Boost ButtonsFast Forecasts and Pitlane Punts: there are separate pages explaining these.

The League works out the maths for you, so you can simply focus on running the worst Losers Team possible. 

Track points graphic, all explained below

RETIREMENT = 10
  • A car earns 10 Track Points if it doesn't finish a race.
  • Sometimes the FIA classifies non-finishers. We will ignore this.
  • Not starting a race also counts as a non-finish, unless there's a clear replacement.

EARLIEST EXIT
 = 5
  • 5 Track Points go to the car that retires first in a race.
  • If several cars retire at once, each car gets the 5 Track Points.

FINISH = 1 TO 10
  • A car earns 1 Track Point for every place it finishes outside the top ten in a race.
  • That means 11th is 1 Track Point, 12th is 2 Track Points, 13th is 3 Track Points and so on.

BIGGEST DROP = 5
  • 5 Track Points go to the *race-finishing* car that drops down the order the most.
  • That means most cumulative places lost from grid position to race result. If there's a tie, each car gets the 5 Track Points.

SPRINT DROP = 5
  • 5 Track Points go to the car that drops down the order the most during a sprint session, including race finishers and retirees.
  • That means most cumulative places lost from sprint grid position to final sprint result. To help calculate this, a DNF counts as "20th". If there's a tie, each car gets the 5 Track Points.

UNLUCKY DIP = 5

The Unlucky Dip is a points parameter that changes every race. From this menu of 12 points elements, the League will randomly select one element to apply for each race weekend. The League will announce its choice on Twitter^ before each grand prix weekend. 

This may help you make decisions for Ejectors and Boosts.

5 Track Points to the car that...
  • ...finishes the race the most places behind their teammate
  • ...gets the biggest FIA penalty in the race weekend
  • ...gets the most wing damage in the race weekend
  • ...has the worst race helmet design (see below)
  • ...is 13th by the end of lap 13 in the race
  • ...is last in qualifying (or Saturday sprint)
  • ...is the final retirement of the race
  • ...loses the most cumulative places by lap five of the race
  • ...most consistently finishes unlucky 13th across all sessions
  • ...records the slowest Fastest Lap of the race
  • ...sets the slowest race Pit Stop time
  • ...sets the worst final time across FP1, FP2 and FP3 results

BEIGE FLAG = 5

  • The F1 Losers League will arbitrarily award beige flags for fails, follies and fall-outs away from the racetrack. Boardroom battles, personal beefs, tittle tattle, that kind of thing.
  • Beige flags are worth 10 Track Points each
  • They are awarded not to cars, but directly to drivers or constructors.
  • We'll aim for up to five flags per race.
All League decisions are final and possibly erratic.



Some people loved it, but we reckon this is a bad helmet design.


A REMINDER ABOUT CONSTRUCTORS

In the real world of Formula One, constructors have two cars in a race.

This means the constructor you have picked for your Losers team will earn most of their Track Points at twice the rate of the drivers on your team. It's worth remembering this when choosing and changing your team.


AN EXAMPLE, PLEASE

Let's say you have driver Lewis Hamilton on your Losers Team. Hamilton finishes 19th. That's 9 finish Track Points for you.

Let's say you have constructor Red Bull on your Losers Team. One of their cars finishes 12th and the other one retires. That's 12 Track Points for you (2 finish Track Points plus 10 retirement Track Points).

Let's say you have Logan Sargeant on your Losers Team. He retires first in the race. Also, he's caught stealing Alex Albon's red hairspray, so the League awards him a beige flag. That's 20 Track Points for you (10 retirement Track Points plus 5 earliest exit Track Points plus 5 beige flag Track Points ).


HOW TO ADD TO YOUR RACE POINTS

If you're not scoring enough, use Ejector Seats to dump your team members in favour of a worse driver or constructor. You should do this regularly, especially as there are bonus points on offer. You can also play Boost ButtonsFast Forecasts and Pitlane Punts. If you score really badly in a race, you'll face a compulsory Ejector Seat.


SMALL PRINT: REPLACEMENTS

If a driver or constructor is replaced, a Losers Team will continue earning points with that direct replacement. Your Team details will be adjusted accordingly.

For example, a self-isolating Sebastian Vettel was replaced at the 2022 Bahrain and Saudi Arabia grands prix by Nico Hulkenberg. Any Losers Team with Vettel in their team earned Track Points with Hulkenberg. A simple swap.

At the 2020 Sakhir grand prix, Jack Aitken replaced George Russell, while George Russell replaced Lewis Hamilton. This is more complicated. Following strict replacement rules, a Losers team with Russell in their team would now earn Track Points with Aitken, and *not* with Russell in a different car. Teams with Hamilton as a member would now earn Track Points with Russell.

If a team or driver drops out without a replacement, this is considered not finishing a race and will earn retirement Track Points.

The F1 Losers League will worry about the details. You just concentrate on being a total loser.


SMALL PRINT: IN CASE OF DISPUTE

The final authority on any race stats is formula1.com^.

A driver spraying themselves in the face with a champagne bottle marked "POINTS"