Motorsport.com reported that the plan had been approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council but will subject to a e-vote by the F1 Commission and Strategy Group.
It is a departure from the normal procedure, because the suggestion would usually be voted on by the Commission before being placed up to final approval by the WMSC.
A vote was held on Monday by the Strategy Group and f 1 Commission, which supported the strategy to introduce the initiative from the weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
A driver has to be categorized in the top in order to be awarded the extra point, which will rely on both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.
F1 sporting manager Ross Brawn said the step had been introduced as a result of research carried around by the tournament and would add a component of interest for grands prix.
“Together with the FIA we have been dedicated to assessing ideas and solutions that can improve the series whilst keeping the integrity of our sport,” said Brawn.
“We felt that the reintroduction, after 60 decades, of a spot for the driver of the fastest lap in the race moves into this direction.
“We have been considering this solution – which represents a response to detailed research performed with thousands of our fans across the world – for quite a few weeks.
“Exactly how often have we heard the drivers on the radio ask the team about who holds the fastest lap?
“It will no longer be just a question of record and prestige, but there is a definite motive that will make the last part of the race even more interesting.
“Occasionally it is useful to remind ourselves of this heritage of our sport to proceed ”
F-1 previously awarded some point to the driver putting the fastest lap of a race out of 1950-59, which helped repay the’58 drivers’ tournament in Mike Hawthorn’s favour.