F1 to use ‘medals’ system in 2009

Prost scored the most points but wasn\'t champion in 1988 - it could happen again

Prost scored the most points but wasn't champion in 1988 - it could happen again

The FIA has surprisingly announced it will introduce a variant of the medals system proposed by Bernie Ecclestone in 2009.

This comes despite the F1 teams association recommending a change to the points system which it claimed had the support of fans.

However the FIA will retain points to decide the other championship positions.

Many F1 fans on this website have voiced their disapproval of the medals system in the past. I still think the medals system has merit and have said so for some time, so I have somewhat mixed feelings about this outcome.

An FIA statement said:

The WMSC accepted the proposal from Formula One Management to award the drivers? championship to the driver who has won the most races during the season. If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of wins, the title will be awarded to the driver with the most points, the allocation of points being based on the current 10, 8, 6 etc. system.

The rest of the standings, from second to last place, will be decided by the current points system. There is no provision to award medals for first, second or third place. The Constructors? Championship is unaffected.

The WMSC rejected the alternative proposal from the Formula One Teams? Association to change the points awarded to drivers finishing in first, second and third place to 12, 9 and 7 points respectively.

Here are the World Motor Sports Council’s decisions in full.

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440 comments on F1 to use ‘medals’ system in 2009

  1. Rob R. said on 17th March 2009, 14:02

    Wow. I was thinking for a minute there, they would actually do the sensible thing, and introduce the 12- points system…

    *bangs head on wall*

  2. It’s a good idea on paper, but in practice it is absolutely horrible. We’ve had close championships for the past few years…
    2003, 2006, 2007, 2008. All these championships have gone down to the wire, and in 3 of them the champion only won by 1 or 2 points!! I wouldn’t mind the 12 – 9 – 7 etc system but this is jsut terrible

  3. GQsm said on 17th March 2009, 14:04

    Ronan – no it is not a medals, there are no medals.

    And then I’ve just read about the £30m budget cap. Optional but with development perks for those teams that sign up. Not sure if that will work in practice. Seems to be too many ways round a budget cap to me.

    • Ronan said on 17th March 2009, 14:07

      Ah I see that now! Autosport had the headline ‘Medals to be introduced’ which has now changed to ‘Wins to decided world championship in 2009′. So I wasn’t the only one to over react! :-)

  4. F1Yankee said on 17th March 2009, 14:05

    pathetic

  5. ceedas said on 17th March 2009, 14:05

    Not to mention budget caps and apparently a set of tech regs which allow lots more freedom. Messy. I’m surprised that I’m surprised.

  6. Kris said on 17th March 2009, 14:06

    So we could see a situation where the driver with the most points *doesn’t* win the championship?

    How stupid is that?!

  7. Ronan said on 17th March 2009, 14:06

    Looks, like they got some things right: “The FIA will publish the weights of all cars after qualifying at each Event.” They should have done away with race fuel qualifying but this a big step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned.

  8. Hugo Bourgeois said on 17th March 2009, 14:06

    Explanation of Max Mosley on Autosport.com shows nothing short of a blatant rigging of the sport. No more, no less. If the FIA is allowed to do this, they shouldn’t have fined McLaren for rigging it either!

  9. ajokay said on 17th March 2009, 14:06

    OK, so… they’re going to do this, and they won’t back down, so lets see the positive in this.

    If it works, we should see about 10 cars battling for the lead in each race. Can’t argue with that.

    • Ronan said on 17th March 2009, 14:09

      Yes, on the bright side could you imagine races like Belgium 2008 with the new rules? There’d be so much more at stake.

    • Pete Walker said on 17th March 2009, 14:14

      “If it works, we should see about 10 cars battling for the lead in each race. Can’t argue with that.”

      No offence but thats totally flawed logic. It assumes that a) the performance of the top five or so teams will be equal and b) the drivers previously weren’t trying for a win.

      We should be careful not to over-react, because at the end of this season, the driver with the most points is likely to have won the most races anyway, but it doesn’t seem right to make such a fundamental change like this after 59 seasons of a points-based champions and after the fans clearly voted against it.

    • Rob R. said on 17th March 2009, 14:19

      Ronan, that race was already incredibly entertaining under the old rules. There’s no need to throw the traditions of F1 in the bin just like that, and exchange it for mindless gimmickry.

    • Ronan said on 17th March 2009, 14:20

      I agree. I’m just trying to be positive!

    • ajokay said on 17th March 2009, 14:22

      Ok, fair enough it may be flawed logic, but can’t we at least hope that that’s what will come of this?

  10. Hugo Bourgeois said on 17th March 2009, 14:08

    Moreover, we wanted to see more DRIVER profiling in F1, not more FIA profiling!

  11. What staggering arrogance ! Ecclestone clearly held some sort of RPG to Mosley’s head. It has to have been a blackmail job ! Ecclestone is determined to reduce a serious, intelligently run sport to the equivalent of trip to the travelling circus on a wet weekend in November or a friday night bingo session on Blackpool Golden Mile. With about that sort of level of brilliance and expertise….ie ZERO !

    Formula One Teams Association.. ?? Serious Fans….??
    Utterly irrelevant as far as Ecclestone and Mosley are concerned.

  12. mattclinch said on 17th March 2009, 14:10

    this is diabolical.

    what about this £30m budget cap option to? If you promise to use a budget of under £30m you get a more aerodynamically efficient (but standard) underbody; movable wings; an engine which is not subject to a rev limit or a development freeze

    • Ronan said on 17th March 2009, 14:14

      So there’ll be two types of car? Expensive ones with custome floors, fixed wings and frozen engines and cheap ones with standard (but better) floors, moveable wings and developed engines? Am I understanding this right?!

    • mattclinch said on 17th March 2009, 14:19

      that’s what it sounds like… i guess to persuade teams to run with cheaper costs. £30m is up to 90% cheaper. sooo.. it’s GP2 then?

    • mattclinch said on 17th March 2009, 14:24

      The FIA has the right to adjust elements of these freedoms to ensure that the cost-capped cars have neither an advantage nor a disadvantage when compared to cars running to the existing rules.

    • Scott Joslin said on 17th March 2009, 14:31

      Hmmm, a two tier F1!! They might as well just have a Manufacturers Championship and a Privatiers Championship!

      That line about the FIA having the right to adjust the equivolency is massively vague and open for coruption.

    • Ronan said on 17th March 2009, 14:32

      This could get hopelessly contraversial and complex as the FIA seeks to find an update to the happy medium every year. In my opinion this is a much bigger story than the points thing.

      We could effectivly have two types of F1 car, how stupid is that?

      What was the point in changing the rules to encourage overtaking if a section of the grid are non-compliant to them next year?

      Could this not just result in a situation where the type of car more suited a particular citcuit drives off into the sunset?

      It could end up being (OK, not as big a difference as but) somewhat like GT1 and GT2 in sportscar racing.

  13. JWRPayne said on 17th March 2009, 14:10

    Methinks they’re trying to put all the eggs in one basket. Too much at once.

    Really would be a better idea to just see how this years pans out, and then take the next step.

    Its turning into one of those ‘Glory or The End of’ years.

  14. Robert McKay said on 17th March 2009, 14:10

    I’m with everyone else.

    I don’t know how they do it, I really don’t. This system makes the medals proposal look, well, palatable.

    Idiots.

  15. TommyB said on 17th March 2009, 14:10

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! :-D

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