FIA Confirm "Winner Takes All System" for 2010

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has finally ruled the new “winner takes all” format for the Formula 1 championship starting 2010. When did that happen? Well, the new rule was confirmed and inked by the World Motor Sport Council following their latest meeting in Paris, last week.

If one should wonder why did this news go unnoticed by the media for so long – it's been almost a week now – it's probably because the new format wasn't “highlighted in pink and underlined in copies of the 2010 sporting regulations,” as reported by GMM news agency.

As written in the 2010 rule book, the world title next year “will be awarded to the driver who has been classified first in the greatest number of races.

The “winner takes all” system – also nicknamed “medal system” as it's actually an interim version of the one suggested by Bernie Ecclestone earlier this winter – was initially scheduled to make the F1 regulations from as early as this season. However, due to plenty of criticism from most F1 drivers – and former champions – FIA's Max Mosley decided to postpone it until 2010.

Soon after its 2009 scrap became official, 78-year old Ecclestone promised the system's contesters he will see to it that the “winner takes all” format will be implemented as soon as possible.

In addition to the already known changes for the upcoming season – 40m (sterling pounds) budget cap, refueling ban, tire warmers ban and increase of minimum wight of an F1 car to 625 kg (KERS related) – the FIA have also confirm that teams will be allowed to refuel their cars after the Q3 on Saturday and prior to the Sunday race (under parc ferme).
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