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We have 22 races, and three of the races have a sprint race. So, here is my calculation:

22 main races = 25 points (first place) x 22 = 550 points

3 sprint races = 8 points (first place) x 3 = 24 points

22 fastest laps for the main race = 1 point (fastest lap) x 22 = 22 points

Total maximum points = 550 + 24 + 22 = 596 points

Is this the correct maximum points?

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From the sporting regulations:

6.4 Points for both titles will be awarded at each Event according to the following scale:

Position Points
1st 25
2nd 18
3rd 15
4th 12
5th 10
6th 8
7th 6
8th 4
9th 2
10th 1

In addition to the above, one point will be awarded to the driver who achieved the fastest valid lap time of the race and to the constructor whose car he was driving, provided he was in the top ten (10) positions of the final race classification (see Article 6055). No point will be awarded if the fastest valid lap time is achieved by a driver who was classified outside the top ten positions, or if the leader has completed less than 50% of the scheduled race distance.

At those Events where a sprint qualifying session takes place, points for both titles will be awarded based on the final sprint qualifying session classification according to the following scale:

Position Points
1st 8
2nd 7
3rd 6
4th 5
5th 4
6th 3
7th 2
8th 1

This means a "perfect" score for a sprint-race weekend is 34 and 26 on a non-sprint event. So yes those calculations are correct - with a couple of caveats. Firstly this is no longer true now that we're 5 races in and since no-one is currently on the maximum the maximum possible has now decreased. Secondly this also assumes that the schedule remains at 22 races - the 2022 season was originally intended to be 23 races long and was only reduced to 22 when Russia was cancelled and the FIA has now confirmed that it won't be replaced.

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  • Apologies, as I don't follow F1, but what driver(s) currently have the highest point total and if they won everything from now on, what could they possibly make, unlikely as that may be?
    – CGCampbell
    May 18 at 15:41
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    @CGCampbell Current championship leader is Charles Leclerc on 104pts after 5 rounds. There's 17 races left (and two sprints) so he can add another 458pts for a theoretical maximum of 562 May 18 at 16:28

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