FIA to Discuss New Point System with the FOTA

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) seem to have learned their lesson following their outspoken conflict with the Formula One Teams Association. After axing the “winner takes all” system from the 2009 regulations, the FIA have revealed that it will consult with the FOTA when figuring out the new point system for 2010.

The World Motor Sport Council announced the new system as part of the rule-changing package for 2009. It stated that the driver scoring the most wins throughout a season will be awarded the world title, regardless of the points scored. However, due to the immense criticism the new point faced within the F1 drivers, the FOTA took immediate actions.

In a short statement last weekend, the team's body urged the FIA to abandon the new title-awarding system for 2009 because of its late ratification. In addition, the new rules were considered illegal as they weren't submitted to discussion within the FOTA prior to their implementation.

A spokesman from the international body has now confirmed that the new system will be subject to discussion between the two parties in the year to come.

The new point-scoring system is believed to be a combination between the one proposed by the WMSC the past week and the format submitted to the FIA by the teams body in early March. The latter stipulated that the race winner should be awarded 12 points, the runner-up 9 points and 3rd placed 7. The rest of the field would have received the same amount of points as before, with only the Top 8 making the scoreboard after each race.

Shortly after FIA announced the postponement of the “medal system” until a future date, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone assured the F1 fans he won't back down and continue to push for the format to make it into the series – one way or the other – from as early as 2010.
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