‘Most wins’ system quietly dropped

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Update: as Leahonard_e points out, I got this one dead wrong. See here for more: ??Most wins? system confirmed for 2010

Conspicuous by its absence in the details of the new F1 rules for 2010 was any mention of a change in the points system.

In March the FIA announced that the championship winner this year would be the driver that won the most races. However that plan was abandoned after several F1 teams pointed out a href=”/2009/03/20/most-wins-rule-delayed-to-2010-after-f1-teams-spot-fia-rules-blunder/”>the rule could not be introduced so close to the start of the season.

The FIA declared that the ‘most wins’ system “will be deferred until 2010”. But the sporting regulations for 2010 published last week describes the same 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points system used since 2003.

Some claimed the FIA never intended to use a ‘most wins’ system – that they announced it in March to deflect attention away from another controversial plan, namely the proposed introduction of budget caps. I find the conspiracy theory hard to believe because the FIA has never shied away from making unpopular decisions in the past, so why should it on this matter?

The question now is, has it been dropped for good, or will it be resurrected at a future FIA meeting?