Particularly in recent years, some very strange ideas have been suggested and, in some cases, introduced in Formula 1.
In the wake of the decision to award double points for the 2014 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which has met with almost universal derision amongst fans, AUTOSPORT looks back at 15 rule changes that raised eyebrows.
Some were adopted and later dropped, some never got off the drawing board and some were more based upon unexpected interpretations of current rules.
The aim is not to be exhaustive, but to give an overview of some of the strange ideas that have cropped up in grand prix racing, particularly in recent years.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.