On Thursday I was watching the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2015 free practice 2 which was rain affected. One of the topics of discussion by the Sky Sports commentators was how to encourage teams to run their cars in wet weather practice sessions. It was hypothesised that the biggest reason teams don’t run is the lack of benefit and the increased risk. As it’s hard to reduce the risk to the teams, it seems the only solution would be to increase the benefits. The only method I can think for this would be to offer points to the teams that run the most wet weather laps throughout the year. If the points were offered to the team (and not the driver) it would encourage teams to run their reserve drivers in FP1; it wouldn’t affect the drivers championship; and it would create a potential for teams that rarely score to get some points (and some money). For this to work race control would need to be able to declare a part of a session as wet or dry, but at least this would get the cars on track and give the fans what they paid for.
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