‘Most wins’ system confirmed for 2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The world champion in 2010 will be the driver with the most wins
The world champion in 2010 will be the driver with the most wins

Contrary to what I wrote here yesterday, F1 will be using ‘most victories’ to decide the champion in 2010. Leahonard_e pulled me up for missing a crucial line in the new 2010 regulations:

The Formula One World Championship driver?s title will be awarded to the driver who has been classified first in the greatest number of races, all official results from the Championship season being taken into account. Points will be awarded to all drivers in accordance with Article 6.4 below and, in the event that two or more drivers win an equal number of races, the driver with the greatest number of points will be awarded the driver?s title.

Is the FIA doing the right thing by changing the F1 points system?

The rules for 2010 are starting to look a real headache. We’ve already got teams running to two different sets of technical rules depending on whether they’re competing under the budget cap or not.

And the FIA has confirmed the driver with the most points won’t necessarily be the world champion in 2010 – it will be the driver with the most wins.

It’s not clear from the regulations what the value of a win is in a shortened race. Was Jenson Button victory at Malaysia a ‘whole win’ or a ‘half-win’?

Will the new systen make much of a difference to the championship? And does it disprove the conspiracy theory that the FIA were never interested in introducing the ‘most wins’ system, and only proposed it to deflect attention from the budget cap?

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  1. @Paolo, A win is a win. Its silly then to then give half points for it. It will be contentious of such a race like we had in Malaysia were to occur in 2010, when a win is classified as such but awarded 5points. If 2 drivers then end up with the same number of wins, and lower positions, but without the same number of points, how will that be decided.

  2. Sush Meerkat
    4th May 2009, 11:40

    leahonard_e gets this months Columbo award for outstanding detective work.

    Keith, shame on you young man.

    Firstly damn and blast, just increase the score differential, secondly the medal system will turn into “sponsorship” city, with medals based on sponsor logo’s which makes them doubly rude, rubbish and worthless.

  3. 2mins silence on the blog before the start at Catalunya for the death of F1…..!

  4. Bigbadderboom
    4th May 2009, 11:45


  5. Stealthman
    4th May 2009, 11:49

    I think I’m going to cry. :(

  6. I said it many times before and I’ll say it again…the current points was introduced to reduce “certain” drivers’ chance of winning the championship mid-season.

    Just reset the points system to what it was pre shoemaker’s era of terror and be done with it!

  7. I do wish people would stop using extreme examples to back up their arguments against most wins. I’ve nothing against that opinion, but I’d rather it be backed up with realistic arguments. Extreme examples are easy to conjure up but do little to help either side of the argument. EG, under the current system a driver could win the title without winning a race.

    Personally I think most wins could work. But that’s just my opinion. And clearly not many others share it!

    This rule change has caused the most controversy but I don’t think it will have anywhere near as much impact on F1 as the 2 tier technological rules.

  8. Well, it looks like the 2009 Abu Dhabi GP will be the last F1 race I ever watch…

    1. Me too mate, this is just too much.
      F1 is about to die……….

  9. so one of the most competitive driver ONLY NEEDS TO WIN HALF OF THE SEASON ROUNDS (plus one). then he could go shopping or whatever, cause he is ALREADY A CHAMPION. TOTAL CRAP!

    1. Just winning half is enough as he would have the most points anyway.

      I wonder if the teams can threaten to boycott this weekends GP unless Mosley is out. Its the only way to save F1 against this mad man.

  10. The most wins system is meant to make drivers ‘battle’ for the win – but as soon as they do so they are penalized by the stewards (think Spa 08 or Australia this year).

    The 201o season might be over a year away but it is looking like a right complicated mess of a season already.

  11. I have to agree with S Hughes… How many more reasons does the Mosley GESTAPO regime have to give the teams & fans to create a break away series? I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened already!

  12. As I read the regulations from this year Keith, Jenson’s win would have counted as a ‘whole’ win as the race lasted more than 2 laps. I presume it’s the same for next year.

    Oh how I wish in vain for 12pts for a win.

  13. Robert McKay
    4th May 2009, 12:45

    If they’d implemented it this season, Button, with 3 wins (despite one being a half points win) would be pretty much halfway to the title already – you’d think 6, 7 wins would do it.

    Even though we’re barely a quarter of the way into the season.

    It’s a bad idea and as has been said a million times all we need to do is increase the number of points for a win.

  14. Well it was nice watching F1, but as of next year I’ll take a break from watching it.

    1. I will too. What is the point? As someone has said, if Button in the space rocket wins a few more races, if we had the most wins rule, the whole season could be over half way through. And those that say that we are using extreme examples, NO, we are using a real possibility that could happen this year. STUPID STUPID STUPID!!! It won’t even be a matter of not wanting to watch next year, it will be more a matter of what’s the bleeding point?

  15. What Bernie also doesn’t seem to fathom (for some inexplicable reason since he’s been in the sport for god knows how long) is that a motor race is not just for first place.

    Now nobody is going to race for 2nd and 3rd for example, or 6th and 7th. What’s the point in risking your life and car if there’s no cahnce of it helping your championship bid.

    Hence less overtaking.
    Utter stupidity as we all know.

  16. I agree with the posts here.

    This is an awful rule and was only introduced because Ecclestone demanded so. How a man reponsible for the commercial rights can have such a significant influence over the rules highlights the skewed governance of the sport.

    The teams don’t want it.
    The fans don’t want it.

    But perhaps more importantly, it is solving a problem that doesn’t exsist and creating more questions than it answers.

    The sport doesn’t even need it, let alone want it.

  17. drivers willing to be more aggressive (thanks also to the refuelling ban) lead to interesting races to me…

    What does that mean? Will they roar and make funny noises? Will they bite their lips? Huh?

    Who will be “more aggressive”?
    The driver in the 10th place?
    The driver in the 4th place?
    The drivers in the 17th and 18th places?
    Does this change do anything for them? No, it doesn’t. They will score their points regardless of there being a gold medal for the win or not.

    The only one who could think of being “more aggressive” is the driver in the second place. But if he’s 20sec. behind the leader and already going as fast as he can, then the race won’t be anything different to what it is now.

    1. What does that mean? Will they roar and make funny noises? Will they bite their lips? Huh?

      @Damon :-D
      I just imagined Felipe being “aggressive” as you described… “Calm down, Felipe baby”

      You are right, it doesn’t change a lot for someone battling for 10th place, but I think it does change a lot for the first four or five positions’ battle (I can’t imagine having more than 4 or 5 drivers involved in a battle for championship under any point system).

      And, let me stress this, it completely changes team’s mindset regarding the races. Think about the current championship, Toyota and BMW holding back potential improvements (like KERS and aero development) fearing that losses of points now could harm their drivers later in the season.

      I’d really like teams introducing radical changes, technical solutions at races, and see them figure out what’s working and what’s not, instead of letting them work behind closed doors for months and then looking at teams fine tuning their package during race weekends.

  18. KingHamilton&co
    4th May 2009, 13:15

    Everyone, get ready to watch a great racing series next year:


    I think Ill see how it pans out, and if its cr*p Ill definatly be putting indycar, nascar, BTCC and WTCC as my priorites!

    yes, I like indycar and nascar now, I feel morally wrong but cant help being intrigued……..Im sorry everyone……………

    Only when bernie is out will i return, America: Here I come!

    (well, touring cars more aswell)

  19. Why when I’m really enjoying F1 does the FIA have to ruin it with new rules?, its as if they are trying to push away current fans in an attempt to gain new ones.

  20. Mouse_Nightshirt
    4th May 2009, 13:31

    Say hello to one driver teams!

    This will just encourage teams to field a superb driver with a weaker one, or fiddle with the team so that one of their driver wins everything.

    We’re going to see plenty of “behind the scenes” team orders and a lot of unhappy drivers next year.

    1. Or, more sinisterly, use their second drivers as moving roadblocks.

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