Ferrari Ask FIA to Revise the Points' System

Despite congratulating Lewis Hamilton for his first title in Formula 1, Ferrari’s CEO Luca di Montezemolo insisted that he’s not very comfortable with the Brit being crowned world champion after winning less races than Brazilian Felipe Massa. The Italian was impressed with the championship’s finale last Sunday but still thinks Massa would have deserved it more, as he has won more races than anyone in 2008.

In an interview for Italian newspaper La Stampa, Di Montezemolo argued that the points’ regulation in Formula 1 should be changed in order to give more credit to the winner than the podium finishers. When asked who should benefit more from the new system, the Ferrari showed no doubt: “The points for the race winner.”

He added: “Massa won six races, Hamilton five, yet the title went to the Englishman. This reminds me of 1976 when we lost the World Championship with Niki Laude by just one point.”

The current point-scoring system was implemented in Formula 1 starting 2003, when FIA decided that the Top 8 finishers in a race would be awarded points. Until then, only the Top 6 drivers were able to put some points on the scoreboard, with the winner being awarded 10 points and the runner-up only 6. The 4-point difference insured an extra motivation for the 2nd place driver to try and overtake the leader.

Bernie Ecclestone also insisted, earlier last month, that Formula 1 should change its point-scoring system, proposing some new rules of his own: awarding a point for the driver clinching pole position or giving a money prize to the fastest car in the Friday practice sessions. Nevertheless, it’s highly unlikely that FIA president Max Mosley will take any of these proposals under consideration during the upcoming FIA-FOTA meeting, as the international federation is nowadays focused on ways to reduce costs inside the sport rather than change its rules or format.
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