F1 set for new points system

UPDATE (GMM) A new MotoGP-style points system could be approved for the 2010 formula one season during Friday's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

Chaired by Bernie Ecclestone and attended by new FIA president Jean Todt, the F1 Commission met in Monaco on Thursday for the first time in several years.

Made up of stakeholders including teams, promoters, suppliers and sponsors, the commission agreed that F1's expansion to 13 teams required a new points system.

In a system that is similar to the MotoGP series, grand prix winners will next year receive 25 points, and points will be won all the way down to tenth place.

There will be a five-point difference between first, second, third and fourth places, with fifth through tenth receiving 8, 6, 5, 3, 2 and 1 point respectively.

The F1 Commission also approved new world champion team Brawn's name-change to Mercedes.

12/10/09 Formula One looks set to implement a new scoring system for the 2010 championship.

The idea was put forward by the F1 Commission – a body made up of key stakeholders from the teams, promoters, suppliers and sponsors, and chaired by president Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone had planned to introduce a new medals system, based on race wins, ahead of the 2009 season, but saw the proposal dropped.

Instead, the F1 Commission – which met on Thursday in Monaco for the first time in its new structure since the signing of the new Concorde Agreement – appear poised to opt for a radically different scoring system.

Under the new proposal, the race winner would claim 25 points, the runner-up 20, third place 15, fourth place 10, fifth place would take eight, and then sixth to 10th would earn six, five, three, two and one point respectively.

That is a major departure from the current system which sees the top eight earning points on a 10, eight, six, five, four, three, two, one basis respectively.

The proposal will be put to the World Motor Sport Council that sits in Monaco on Friday for final approval, along with a number of other amendments to the technical and sporting regulations.

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