Hamilton questions fairness of double points


AUSTIN – Up 17 points with just three races remaining, Lewis Hamilton is poised to capture his second World Championship (2008). Unless, of course, he doesn’t.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility where Hamilton could lose the title at the Abu Dhabi double points finale, where 50 points for a win are on offer as opposed to the usual 25, and it goes down from there (18 to 36, 15 to 30, 12 to 24, 10 to 20 and so on).

Any gap more than 26 points – which could be achieved by Hamilton winning both of the next two races even if Rosberg finishes second in both – would see the gap as larger than a normal race win, but still achievable for Rosberg if Hamilton was to encounter problems.

Hamilton questioned the fairness as politely as possible during the Thursday FIA press conference, although he did let slip one potential bulletin board line if he was to lose the title in such a fashion.

“I think the question is ‘what is fair?’” he said. “This is the rule that they have brought in for the first time; do I really agree with it? I don’t know if any of us agree with it or do not agree with it, but it is the way it is and you just have to deal with it and just hope for the best really.

“It would suck if that was the case – big time – but I’m not even going to put that negative energy out there. I’m just going to try and do the best job I can with the car that I have and what will be will be, I guess.”

Hamilton has nine wins this season while Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has four. The gloves are off now the final three races of the season as the pair have already confirmed the Constructor’s Championship last race at Sochi.

Hamilton guarded against F1 keeping the regulation for 2015 and beyond.

“For the future, I wouldn’t perhaps advise it for the following years but…” he trailed off.


SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.