‘Most wins’ rule delayed to 2010 after F1 teams spot FIA rules blunder

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A win will still be worth ten points in 2009 after all
A win will still be worth ten points in 2009 after all

The FIA has delayed the controversial new “most wins” championship system until 2010.

The surprise move came shortly after the F1 Teams’ Association pointed (FOTA) out that the last-minute introduction of a new scoring system broke the FIA’s own rules.

The 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system used last year will be retained for 2009.

A FOTA statement read (emphasis added):

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.

A short response from the FIA offered to defer the new rules to 2010, without making any reference to FOTA’s 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 claim the FIA “had been told that the teams were in favour” seems rather weak given FOTA’s recommendations for the sport issued several weeks ago explicitly stated it favoured a revised points system and not a wins-based solution.

However the International Sporting Code makes it clear that the FIA cannot change the sporting rules so close to the start of the new season:

199 (c). Changes to sporting rules and to all regulations other than those referred to in b) above are published at least 20 days prior to the opening date for entry applications for the championship concerned, but never later than 30 November each year.

(d) Shorter notice periods than those mentioned in b) and c) may be applied, provided that the unanimous agreement of all competitors properly entered for the championship or series concerned is obtained.

The FIA’s last-minute decision to impose the ‘most wins’ rule, ignoring FOTA’s recommendations, drew massive criticism from fans including a record number of comments on one article on this site.

Since then several F1 drivers have spoken out against the new rules and the haste with which they were brought in.

It looks rather as though Max Mosley, in his eagerness to put one over the teams, has overplayed his hand.

Score one to FOTA.

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142 comments on “‘Most wins’ rule delayed to 2010 after F1 teams spot FIA rules blunder”

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  1. What a weird rule that was!

    With all the overtaking penalties handed out last year-it could have been a farce of a season with perhaps several all important wins being overturned by the stewards.

  2. YAY! Looks like I will be watching this season afterall.

  3. It’s time for Mosley and Ecclestone to leave F1.

  4. “Changes to sporting rules and to all regulations other than………”

    Has the maFIA won? Now everybody is congratulating themselves for a victory?, BUT HOW ABOUT THE BUDGET CAP?. Does anybody speaks about it?.

    Just a question, does anybody think that those multimillioners made that money because they are stupid? I have the bad feeling that this is what they wanted, and something hidden is all around.

    Time will say….

  5. Nice one Spiffy.
    And I think it’s revealingly stupid of the FIA to break their own rules.
    Remember what happened when Max survived the ‘no confidence’ vote? He came back filled with venom and with dreams of retribution.
    Now he’s been wrong-footed by the FOTA upstarts, I predict he will take his revenge on them for daring to make him look foolish (even though he is foolish).
    On principal, he will move against everything that FOTA want or propose. He will probably even try to drive the Manufacturers out of F1, believing that teams of garagistas will be easier to rule, even though it could fatally damage F1.
    Max is such a ****.

  6. I am disappointed. Was I the only one actually looking forward to the racing under the new system?

    1. Robert McKay
      20th March 2009, 20:47

      Well, you and Bernie anyway :-D

  7. Brilliant ! Best weekend news for months ! I get the feeling Max/Bernie will disappear to their feotid little cave to lick their wounds and plan a massive revenge.. …pathetic ! We have to get rid of these wreckers… now !

    Now lets get back to the Drivers, the Cars, the Teams… in other words the REAL F1.

  8. graham228221
    20th March 2009, 20:47

    christ. only in F1 could the council in charge of making the rules break their own rules. Formula 1’s image as a credible sport takes another hit…

  9. I’m sure I’m not the only who had a full-on belly laugh when they read about this. FIA? Credibility? Clearly it didn’t have much before, but this just takes the biscuit. Good on FOTA for sticking its neck out on this. It has listened to fans and, at the very least, has proposed something they might like.

  10. Haha, in the FIA’s stupid attempt to wreck formula 1 and mess up the rules, it appears they have infact broken their own silly rules! Don’t you just love karma!

    I must say though, I am glad to hear it will be business as usual concerning points because it has brought us some very close championships (and unfortunately some undeserved winners). Hopefully next year they can do the right thing which is make a bigger points difference between 1st and 2nd.

  11. Perhaps someone has some more embarassing photos that they were able to use to persuade Max to change his mind? (BTW, internet, you weren’t the only one looking forward to racing under the new system. It was, after all, just possible that the WDC would end the season with the most wins and the most points. That would have shut a few of the Luddites up wouldn’t it)

  12. very pleased!… looking forward to the start next weekend even more now!

  13. YESSSSSS!!!!

  14. What about the budget cuts? Looks like a diversion to me!!

  15. Thank God!!!! but thats only thanks to a lot of criticism from drivers, teams, and organizations, which could have gone on ‘strike’ if they didn’t change it! It was absolutely ridiculous! Very happy anyway although they should do more surveys to know what fans really want.

    P.S. What about the proposed 12 points for the winner system proposed by the FOTA???

    1. The FIA didn’t put it forward so it isn’t happening. If they had agreed to it at the WMSC then we would have had it for 2009.

  16. The thing i worry about is, if Max and Bernie are made to look as silly as they have been over this points debacle, then they may come back with even stronger changes to the sport we all love. Just so they can beat FOTA.
    IT was a very silly thin to make ut that the teams were in favour of the medals scheme in the first place. When everyone knew that FOTA were coming up with their own changes to the points system. S why do the FIA still insist the teams were behind Bernie and his ridiculous medals scheme.

    This could turn out to be all out war.

    And i am hoping the teams the tracks the drivers and all the true fans around the world are the winners in the end. Even if that means a totally new word championship.
    Formual one is only formula one because of those who run the tracks and run the teams. If they were not their then Bernie would get no money, and Max wouldn’t be able to Lord it over te sport we love.

    And Alonso is right in saying we need stability in the sport. As far back as i can remember they have been tinkering. Just LEAVE well alone.

    They messed about when Max became president, and then went way overboard when Senna was killed.

  17. I’m afraid that None of the changes that FOTA want and will ever propose in the future will be turned down By the FIA.

  18. The one thing about Max Mosley failig in his bid to retain His presidency of the FIA is i is likely that Jean Todt will be the one to replace him.

    So then what will be the differece? NONE. Or he may be even worse.

  19. thank god for that!!!
    would a 2nd and 3rd place driver, who where say 30s behind the leader with 10 laps remaining would have bothered to race wheel to wheel to the line. when there was nothing to race for. the most stupid idea ever!!!

  20. I wonder if Hamilton would apply his “neutrality” policy now. Clearly the new rule was a consequence of his championship last year…

    1. Where were you mate, in Mars?


    2. Actually it was indeed because of Hamilton, but also Raikkonen because they let Massa win races with only a few seconds margin. Ecclestone felt that they should have overtaken Massa because they were clearly faster, but opted to stay safe behind him.

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