The FIA has now dropped the ‘most wins’ championship system for 2010. It release a revised version of next year’s rules unannounced earlier this week.
It had previously left the rule in the version of the regulations published after last week’s World Motor Sports Council Meeting.
The original document (dated April 30th) read:
6) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
6.1 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.
Points will be used to establish the remaining overall Championship standings.
The revised document (dated May 6th) on the FIA website now reads:
6) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
6.1 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.
The move has been noted on several F1 blogs but largely ignored in the rest of the motor racing media.
It reminds of the FIA’s mistake during the McLaren-Ferrari spying controversy when it released a PDF in which it believed it had censored out sensitive references to aspects of McLaren and Ferrari’s cars – when in fact the censorship could be easily reversed. Although it attracted widespread discussion online many F1 sites ignored or missed the story.
It’s worth stating once again that this mistake was made by a governing body which claims it can cope with running ‘two-tier’ technical regulations next year. I for one don’t believe they’re capable of getting that right any more than they did this.
And their attempt to hide their mistake and hope no-one will notice it does not fill me with confidence either.
If you want to compare the two sets of regulations for yourself you’ll find them in the F1 Fanatic drop.io.