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01/20/09
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Kubica and Heidfeld dismiss medal scheme  Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld today both poured cold water on F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's idea of a medals system.

Ecclestone has made it clear over the past few weeks he would like to dispense with the current points format, and instead issue gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three.

The world champion would then be the driver with most gold medals, with Ecclestone convinced it would promote a greater winning desire rather than merely settling for a points haul.

The 78-year-old announced his plan after seeing Lewis Hamilton win last season's world title, despite main rival Felipe Massa winning more races - six to five - a rare anomaly over the last 25 years.

However, at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Monaco last month, the idea was put on the backburner until a fans' survey has been conducted.

But as far as BMW Sauber duo Kubica and Heidfeld are concerned, it is not a proposal they are happy with.

"It would not improve the racing," asserted Kubica.

"Do most people think a driver who is fourth or third stays there because he likes it, even if the second driver is just in front?

"Do they think he doesn't try to overtake because he is just trying to bring home points?

"I can assure you all drivers try to overtake as soon as there is a small chance, so from the drivers' point of view, it doesn't change anything."

Heidfeld was initially unsure of the situation until made clear to the 31-year-old German there were no points on offer.

"No points? So it's the one who wins the most gold medals wins the championship?" queried Heidfeld.

"Okay, no, I wouldn't like that idea. I like it the way it is now."

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