New point proceedure to be dropped?


Feb 3, 2009
FOTA have pointed out a clause in the sporting regulations that mean the new change is invalid:

FIA say it'll come in in 2010 instead now.

Following the decision of the World Motorsport Council of the 17 March 2009 to change the way the drivers’ championship is awarded, the Teams gathered and unanimously agreed to question the validity of this decision.
FOTA had made a proposal that was carefully based on the results of a Global Audience Survey, which allowed listening to preferences of the public, and all the Teams firmly believe that these indications should be properly taken into account.
The amendment to the sporting regulations proposed by the World Motorsport Council was not performed in accordance with the procedure provided for by Appendix 5 of the Sporting Regulations and, as per the provisions of the article 199 of the FIA International Sporting Code, it is too late for FIA to impose a change for the 2009 season that has not obtained the unanimous agreement of all the competitors properly entered into the 2009 Formula 1 Championship.
Since the change to the scoring system unanimously agreed by the Teams and proposed to FIA did not receive approval of the WMSC, no change can occur in 2009, and the Teams wish to reaffirm their willingness to collaborate with the FIA in order to jointly define a new point system for the 2010 season within a comprehensive set of measures aimed at further stimulating the attractiveness of the F1 Sport.

Bram Hengeveld

RaceDepartment Founder
Dec 26, 2006
Lol, must be very hard for them to get clear on this with only one week left to go, who needs clear rules anyway :D

Omer Said

Oct 28, 2008
Yes that's great to hear. But they could at least increase the podium points. ?!

And I liked this comment at the link Rhys gave ::D

THANK YOU FOTA! Could be the saviour of F1, seems FOTA works, and they seem to know what we want (which just happens to be what they want) and hopefully they can make the joke organisation of the FIA see the light. this must be embarassing for the FIA to say the least…..

FIA 0-1 Rest of the World


FOTA 20/3/09

Rob Goldthorpe

Dec 23, 2008
Saw it on the News last night that they have dropped the new points thing.. Was a bad idea to have "who ever wins the most races wins" The Championship could be over halfway through if they did that!

Koray Can

Jan 18, 2009
It surprises me that for all the high tech and strategy involved in F1, the point system(s) seem to have been pulled out of a hat. Economists/game-theorists have been studying this sort of stuff for a while (e.g.

You'd think that for all the money the teams have been pouring into the sport, FIA would provide a system backed with sound science, which could help assuring the teams that their efforts would not be wasted.