It looks like we may be in for more than just different cars next season. Few weeks ago Bernie Ecclestone floated an idea to scrap the championship points and give the top 3 drivers medals instead. The one with most golds would take the title. This would be rather radical change. Perhaps because of the radical nature of this idea I thought there is no way this could go ahead anytime soon.
To my surprise (if Bernie and the news reports can be trusted) it seems this idea found quickly the support among the teams and may be implemented for 2009 season already. The system would be simple. Gold, silver and brozne for top three, nothing for the rest. The other positions would however determine the championship rankings.
The constructors championship would still continue under current point system.
Bernie Ecclesstone (to The Times):
“The FIA and all the teams are behind it and it will be done. The whole point will be, when they get to Melbourne for the first race, the guys will want to leave there with a gold medal. They (will not) want to leave with ten, eight or six points.”
Although I believe that Ecclestone is getting it all wrong when it comes to the future of Formula One Grands Prix, this idea of his may be the step in right direction. Imagine if this system would be in place this year. How different approach would both Massa and Hamilton have to choose for the Brazilian Grand Prix …
This new “points” system requires FIA’s World Motorsport Council approval, their next meeting will be in December.