London - Formula One is changing its scoring system to award a point to the driver who sets the fastest race lap, starting from this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
The driver, whose team will also score an extra point for the constructors' championship, must finish in the top 10.
The governing FIA said on Monday that the Formula One Strategy Group and F1 Commission had given unanimous approval in an e-vote. The measure had already been approved by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council on March 7.
Finland's Valtteri Bottas, who drives for Mercedes as team mate to five times champion Lewis Hamilton, last season set seven fastest laps in the 21-race championship.
Formula One, which will mark its 1000th race this year at the Chinese Grand Prix, awarded a point for the fastest lap over the first decade of its existence as a world championship from 1950-59.