Friday, March 20, 2009

Racing Chatter: F1 To Decide Champion Based On Wins

PARIS – Formula One's championship will be decided by the number of race wins and not accumulated points.
Governing body FIA decided Tuesday that the current points system will remain in effect to determine the driver's title in the case of a tie, with points also determining the order of the drivers who finish the season behind the overall champion.
Under the new system, Ferrari's Felipe Massa would have won the 2008 championship instead of Lewis Hamilton of McLaren. The Brazilian driver won six grand prix races to Hamilton's five.
The 10 F1 teams had been looking to change the points to a 12-9-7 scoring system for first through third place, from its current 10-9-8 allocation. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had initially preferred a medals tally, but FIA approved Ecclestone's revised proposal, which will not affect the constructors' championship.
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So let me get this straight. At the end of the season you may have the most points, but a driver who has more wins then you can win the championship? His 5 wins and 4 DNF's beats your 4 wins, and 5 finishes? It just does not make sense to me how it can work with the points system already in place. And then to do this with a week to go before the start of the season?
This should make for a very interesting year, don't you think?

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