I like the idea and don't agree with criticism. I have always wanted F1 to go back to points for fastest laps.
If it influences the championship... well, that's the reason to give poitns for a FL in the first place- so that it counts for the championship. It would not be the first time in F1's history even including the fact that the racing was very different in 50-ties.
I'm OK with drivers making an additional pit-stop to go for FL. It's a risk-reward question. You can always end up with a botched pit-stop and end up losing more than you would gain. The fact that not every driver will be in equally good position to risk going for FL is OK for me too. Tactical advantage/disadvantage for factors outside of drivers control happens all the time. Some benefit from SC, VSC, some lose. Some can afford additional pit-stop during a race in which tyre durability is uncertain, some don't (if they want to mantain the chance for optimal result). Some get more trouble from lapping other drivers, some less. FL will be just another part of the game. If races become too straightforward, they end up not being memorable at all, because we tend to remember anomaly. That's the reason I miss the attrition from older days. Nowadays 90% of races have similar results to each other so after 2 years I can't remember them anymore.
Drivers "stealing" FL from another driver? Like there would be a "righteous" driver to set a FL? No, you get FL for setting the fastest lap of the race, just like you get a race win for being first to complete the race distance (in a legal way). The rules are the same for everyone, so if someone makes an additional pit-stop so that another driver can't take the point, so be it. It's not like 2nd drivers are never being put on sub-optimal strategy to compromise the race of a driver from rival team. Should we forbid the strategy too, then? Will we call it a farce if the title is won this way on the last race of the season?
All in all I conclude that many F1 fans are masters of overreaction.
Edited by Anderis, 08 March 2019 - 12:53.