POINTS SYSTEM

A car crashing out on gravel at the Mugello grand prix, with letters spelling 10 POINTS

The League has a unique scoring system that celebrates slowcoaches and lauds loserdom.

This page explains how the scoring system works.

Losers Points are announced a few days after every Formula One race, and published on the News + Results section of this website. 

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

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RACE FINISH POINTS = 1 TO 10

  • A car earns 1 Point for every place it finishes outside the top ten in a race.

  • That means 11th is 1 Point, 12th is 2 Points, 13th is 3 Points and so on.

BACKWARDS BONUS POINTS = +5
  • There are 5 extra Losers Points for the race-finishing car that drops down the order the most.

  • That means most cumulative places lost from qualifying result to race result. Look out for those slowcoaches being overtaken.

  • If there's a tie for the Backwards Bonus, each car gets 5 Points.

RACE WIN POINTS = –25
  • A car loses 25 Points if it wins a grand prix race, plus the eternal disgust of the F1 Losers League.

DNF POINTS = 10
  • If a car scores a DNF, i.e. it retires from the race, it earns 10 Points.

  • DNS (Did Not Start) and DNQ (Did Not Qualify) count as a DNF, as does sitting out a race without a replacement.

EARLIEST EXIT POINTS = +5
  • There are 5 extra Losers Points for the car that retires first.

BEIGE FLAG POINTS = 10

  • To add an element of chaos, the F1 Losers League will award special Beige Flags for fails, follies and infractions during or before a grand prix.

  • Beige Flags are worth 10 Losers Points each and are awarded to specific drivers or constructors. 

  • The reasons for giving Beige Flags will be varied and sometimes illogical. They will include everything from boring stop-go penalties to getting attacked by a massive bee^. Deal with it, losers.

  • The League will aim to give out five Beige Flags per race, but that will vary.

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 Losers Points at twice the rate of the drivers on your Losers Team. It's worth remembering this when choosing and changing your Team.

The exception is the Beige Flag, which is not based on car performance. Flags are awarded directly to specific drivers and constructors.


WHY BEIGE? I LIKE BEIGE

You have no taste.

Romain Grosjean in a Renault gift shop saying "A beige WHAT?!"


AN EXAMPLE, PLEASE

Let's say you have driver Lewis Hamilton on your Losers Team. Hamilton finishes 19th. That's 9 race finish 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 Points for you (2 race finish Points plus 10 DNF Points).

Let's say you have the indestructible Romain Grosjean on your Losers Team. He wins the grand prix. But he also gets caught shoplifting for fireproof caps in the Renault gift shop, so the League awards him a Beige Flag. That's minus-15 Points for you (minus 25 for the win plus 10 Beige Flag Points).


USING THE REPAIR SHOP

It's not just the above points that matter. 

Losers Teams might want to visit the the Repair Shop to use their DRS, or to gamble on Pitlane Punts. Teams may also sack their own choices using Ejector Seats or the Lucky Spanner.


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, an unwell Lance Stroll was replaced at the 2020 German grand prix by Nico Hulkenberg. Any Losers Team with Stroll in their team would now earn points with the Hulk. 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 points with Aitken, and *not* with Russell in a different car. Teams with Hamilton as a choice would now earn points with Russell.

If a team or driver drops out without a replacement, this is considered a DNS (Did Not Start) and is covered by the points system.

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.

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