Extra point for fastest laps introduced for 2019 F1 season

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during pre-season testing in Barcelona ahead of the 2019 F1 season. (Reuters)
Updated 08 March 2019
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Extra point for fastest laps introduced for 2019 F1 season

LONDON: Formula 1 looks set to change its scoring system for the upcoming season by giving an extra point to the driver who sets the fastest lap in a grand prix.
Fan surveys named the idea as one of many proposals that would add extra interest to races, and part of rules changes which F1 authorities hope will make the sport more appealing and increase audiences, at the track and on TV.
The move is expected to be officially confirmed before the season-opening race in Melbourne next weekend.
The change has been approved by the FIA’s world motor sport council, but still needs to be signed off by two further organizations — the strategy group of leading teams, F1 and FIA, as well as the F1 Commission.
However, the driver with the fastest lap will only be awarded the point if he also finishes in the top 10.
It will be the first time an extra point will have been awarded for a fastest lap since the first decade of the F1 World Championship between 1950-59, when it was used regularly.


Egypt footballer Amr Warda banned over sexual harassment claims

Updated 26 June 2019
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Egypt footballer Amr Warda banned over sexual harassment claims

  • Sexual harassment claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms
  • In 2017 a Portuguese club terminated Warda’s contract over claims he sexually harassed the wives of his team-mates

CAIRO: Egypt’s football federation on Wednesday banned midfielder Amr Warda from playing in any further matches at the African Cup of Nations over mounting sexual harassment allegations.
“Amr Warda is banned from the national squad after discussions with the team’s technical and administrative bodies. This is to maintain the discipline and focus of the team,” said the federation in a statement posted on its website.
The sexual harassment claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments.
The Wednesday decision comes hours after another viral clip posted on Twitter by a social media user showed him apparently exposing himself to her. AFP cannot verify the authenticity of the brief video.
“He’s definitely out. We have a match to focus on tonight,” Ihab Leheita, the Egyptian national team’s manager, told AFP, without giving further details.
In 2017, Portuguese football club CD Feriense terminated Warda’s contract over claims that he sexually harassed the wives of two of his team-mates. His tenure lasted only three days and he was transferred to his current Greek club Atromitos.
Egypt are hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the fifth time and play DR Congo later Wednesday in their bid to advance from the group stages.
The hosts beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in their opening match, during which Warda took to the field.