‘Most wins’ system confirmed for 2010

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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133 comments on ‘Most wins’ system confirmed for 2010

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  1. scunnyman said on 6th May 2009, 6:02

    Feels like deja vu with all these comments being the same as they were acouple of months back when we discussed the most wins thing before

  2. FLIG said on 6th May 2009, 12:39

    This is all Schumacher’s fault. They didn’t know what to do to stop his winning so they changed some rules and now they’re addicted to it. the old 10-6-4-3-2-1 would be almost the same as saying “who wins most races wins the championship” but without all this complaining from the fans.
    What I do like about all of this is that all these changes bring out the necessity for creative solutions, not expensive ones, and then maybe it won’t be a Ferrari x McLaren decade. I wish Eddie Jordan would get back as a F1 team manager now. And Peter Sauber.

  3. ValveGuy said on 6th May 2009, 19:54

    For the drivers who are racing for slow teams, there isn’t even going to be a point to show up. All that money wasted…


    If the teams don’t like it, expect some of them to think about boycotting F1. I can’t wait to see if anyone shows up to races halfway through next year.

  4. Brilliant! Introduce this stupid ‘most wins’ system, ban refuelling, cap the budget, wait for Ferrari, BMW and maybe someone else to leave and what you get is the most “exciting” racing in the history of F1…

    Just another proof that FIA is just a bunch of billion-ankers who don’t really care about mortals out there who watch this sport. I wish mr. Bernard Charles Ecclestone would have kept his mouth shut when this “marvellous” idea came to his mind.

    I don’t see what the incentive for the less capable teams will be to fight if one will basically get nothing for coming anything less than first. “Jenson, you’re fourth, push on”, “Nah, it doesn’t change anything anyway…”

    Another thing that I am a bit afraid of is that the teams will not pit that often because of the refuelling ban. We might end up with races where noone would be trying to overtake towards the end of the race just to not lose the position and preserve the tires.

    Just my 3p :)

  5. Also, what if the leading team will have 10 wins long before the season is over? It will be clear that they are the winners and they won’t have to race anymore just because they have already won. I’m sure that will attract many Schumacher era fans where the champion was already known before the end of the season.

    // apologies for another post, couldn’t edit the previous one

  6. b0son said on 7th May 2009, 15:59

    The FIA say these sorts of changes are for the the spectacle. Its no much of a spectacle when noone’s watching….

  7. I may be wrong, but article 6.1 of the 2010 Sporting Regulations reads “The Formula One World Championship driver’s title will be awarded to the driver who has scored the highest number of points, taking into consideration all the results obtained during the Events which have actually taken place.” This means that we’re back to the regular points system of 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

  8. scunnyman said on 8th May 2009, 10:48

    Well Keith it would seem an official confirmation is needed in the points vs wins debate.
    Is it most wins? or is it normal points?

    I think we all deserve to know the truth.


  9. Dougie said on 8th May 2009, 16:07

    It would see according to f1-live.com that the inclusion of the “most wins wins” rule was most probably accidental by the FIA… in that they forgot to take it out of the document after the botched attempt to include it this year.

    Now that they have seen sense, and the fact that Button could sew things up long before seasons end, and that in similar circumstances the WRC would be over pretty much already (but lets be fair, it probably is anyway, Go Loeb!!) they’ve recinded.

    I just wish they’d do something about the points… 2 points is not enough of a difference for a win.

  10. iBlaze said on 8th May 2009, 19:38

    Good news, Keith and readers…

    The winner-takes-all concept now HAS been dropped!


    • iBlaze said on 8th May 2009, 19:40

      Sorry, I didn’t see that Dougie had already posted the link… but it is news worthy of hearing twice I guess!

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