Surprise, surprise, the flip flop disease has infected the FIA too. It announced that the new points system that bestows the driver championship to the driver with the most wins rather than points will likely be deferred to 2010.
However nothing is confirmed at this moment as the official statement had some “ifs” in it, and until those ifs are acknowledged by FIA and the announcement to revert to the previous points system in black and white, we’re still holding our breath!
This is the official statement: “On 17 March, the FIA World Motor Sport Council unanimously rejected FOTA’s proposed amendment to the points system for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The ‘winner takes all’ proposal made by the commercial rights holder (who had been told that the teams were in favour) was then approved. If, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010.”
The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) had earlier proposed that the points system be instead changed to a 12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 points format from the existing 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. The FIA was insistent in a “winner takes it all” system.
This is probably not something that teams are used to – changes and uncertainty to the rules are still happening just one week before the first race weekend in Melbourne!