FOTA has proven its usefulness – unlike FIA the FOTA members seem know what is written in the F1 Sporting Regulations and International Sporting Code (both written by FIA by the way).
Here is what FOTA says:
The amendment to the sporting regulations proposed by the World Motorsport Council was not performed in accordance with the procedure provided for by Appendix 5 of the Sporting Regulations and, as per the provisions of the article 199 of the FIA International Sporting Code, it is too late for FIA to impose a change for the 2009 season that has not obtained the unanimous agreement of all the competitors properly entered into the 2009 Formula 1 Championship.
Since the change to the scoring system unanimously agreed by the Teams and proposed to FIA did not receive approval of the WMSC, no change can occur in 2009, and the Teams wish to reaffirm their willingness to collaborate with the FIA in order to jointly define a new point system for the 2010 season within a comprehensive set of measures aimed at further stimulating the attractiveness of the F1 Sport.
And here is the paragraph from the 2009 International Sporting Code that FOTA is referring to:
FIA published this press release as a response to FOTA:
On 17 March, the FIA World Motor Sport Council unanimously rejected FOTA’s proposed amendment to the points system for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The ‘winner takes all’ proposal made by the commercial rights holder (who had been told that the teams were in favour) was then approved.
If, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010.
As the teams (and not only the teams) are clearly not happy there will likely be no changes to F1 point scoring system and the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system introduced in 2003 will remain in force for 2009 season.
I hope that FIA will not only defer the system but will also work with FOTA and think the whole idea through – all the cons and pros.
In any case, what a major screw up from those in charge …