In rather surprising move FIA today decided to reject the new point scoring system proposed by FOTA and go for the system similar to Bernie Ecclestone’s “medals” instead. The driver with most race wins will become the 2009 F1 champion. In case of a tie the bigger points total (as per the existing 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system) will determine the champ. The Constructors’ Championship is not affected by these changes.
“The WMSC accepted the proposal from Formula One Management to award the drivers’ championship to the driver who has won the most races during the season. If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of wins, the title will be awarded to the driver with the most points, the allocation of points being based on the current 10, 8, 6 etc. system.
The rest of the standings, from second to last place, will be decided by the current points system. There is no provision to award medals for first, second or third place. The Constructors’ Championship is unaffected.
The WMSC rejected the alternative proposal from the Formula One Teams’ Association to change the points awarded to drivers finishing in first, second and third place to 12, 9 and 7 points respectively. “
I must say this came as a shock … I expected FIA to either leave the things as they are or accept the 12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 system suggested by FOTA (and agreed on by the F1 teams). Hm … They do know how to come up with unexpected …
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FIA also introduced voluntary budget cap at GBP30 mil a year from 2010. For the teams that sign up many of the existing restrictions will be lifted. More on that in separate post.