FIA confirms new points system in 2010

Trulli would move up to seventh in 2009 using the new 2010 F1 points

Trulli would move up to seventh in 2009 using the new 2010 F1 points

The new points system which was surprisingly proposed by the F1 Commssion yesterday will be used in F1 in 2010. A statement from the FIA read:

Due to the expanded grid of 13 teams, and further to the recommendation of the F1 Commission, a new points system will be in place for the 2010 season.

As discussed yesterday, the new system extends the points down to tenth place without changing the relative value of finishing first, second or third.

Other questionable changes include how the points scale increases unevenly, with a two-point jump from eighth to seventh, but only a one-point gap between seventh and sixth.

It has all the hallmarks of an ill-conceived and hastily-taken decision. If only the FIA had taken time to read the lukewarm response the proposal received here yesterday, with less than one-third of fans calling it an improvement:

Read more: Race winners could get 25 points in 2010

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84 comments on FIA confirms new points system in 2010

  1. At least it’s better than the medal proposal…

  2. One effect may be to lessen the pressure on pay-driver hacks and allow teams to employ them more freely: the lower teams can hope to compete for a higher constructors ranking even with a guy who finishes consistently several places behind his teammate. This will allow the new teams to hire drivers with rich dads to help fund the teams.

  3. sumedh said on 12th December 2009, 5:22

    7th place should be given 4 points instead of 5. Otherwise, the system is good. I approve.

  4. Alex 3 said on 12th December 2009, 5:53

    The old saw about pleasing all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time comes to mind here.
    What does it matter if there is a slight ineqity between 6th and 7th vs 7th and 8th in the grand scheme. The back of the pack will be an ever changing field so it will balance out.
    Personally I would add 5 points for pole, 5 points for most laps lead and 5 points for fastest lap a la NASCAR so to speak. It will shake up the point system so that all these ridiculous comparisons of the old vs the new are meaningless.
    It is not life and death here folks. It’s motor racing.

  5. jampot said on 12th December 2009, 7:03

    Agree with most of the comments here with the simple addition of points for overtaking, pole position, fastest lap.

  6. Polak said on 12th December 2009, 7:05

    This system doesn’t need too much backing because it doesn’t really change anything. The fight for the championship stays the same, unless of course it comes down to 9th and 10th place finishes making a difference and even that is close. Did some math for 2009 and these are the results of 09 v 1010 points.

    But: 95 v. 231

    Vet: 84 v. 203

    Bar: 77 v. 187

    So Vettel scored 88% of Button’s points using both systems and Rubens scored 81% of Button’s points. The new point system should have no notable impact on the championship fight, but it will have some more competition in the lower ranks.

    I think it is an improvement over the old system because the lower drivers can have more competition. It may not solve all problems but I don’t think it causes any harm

  7. Just an idea. I have always thought F1 should award some point value for: 1) pole position, and 2) fastest race lap.

  8. full ist, i hope it won’t be distorted…

    1 BUT 95 1 BUT 230,5
    2 VET 84 2 VET 203
    3 BAR 77 3 BAR 183
    4 WEB 69,5 4 WEB 175
    5 HAM 49 5 HAM 120,5
    6 RAI 48 6 RAI 119
    7 ROS 34,5 7 TRU 78
    8 TRU 32,5 8 ROS 75,5
    9 ALO 26 9 GLO 63,5
    10 GLO 24 10 ALO 62
    11 MAS 22 11 MAS 48
    12 KOV 22 12 KOV 46
    13 HEI 19 13 HEI 44
    14 KUB 17 14 KUB 44
    15 FIS 8 15 FIS 26
    16 BUE 6 16 BUE 16
    17 SUT 5 17 SUT 13
    18 KOB 3 18 KOB 8
    19 BOU 2 19 BOU 6,5
    20 NAK 5
    21 PIQ 1

  9. it did, sorry…

    01 BUT 95 – 01 BUT 230,5
    02 VET 84 – 02 VET 203
    03 BAR 77 – 03 BAR 183
    04 WEB 69,5 – 04 WEB 175
    05 HAM 49 – 05 HAM 120,5
    06 RAI 48 – 06 RAI 119
    07 ROS 34,5 – 07 TRU 78
    08 TRU 32,5 – 08 ROS 75,5
    09 ALO 26 – 09 GLO 63,5
    10 GLO 24 – 10 ALO 62
    11 MAS 22 – 11 MAS 48
    12 KOV 22 – 12 KOV 46
    13 HEI 19 – 13 HEI 44
    14 KUB 17 – 14 KUB 44
    15 FIS 8 – 15 FIS 26
    16 BUE 6 – 16 BUE 16
    17 SUT 5 – 17 SUT 13
    18 KOB 3 – 18 KOB 8
    19 BOU 2 – 19 BOU 6,5
    – 20 NAK 5
    – 21 PIQ 1

  10. Dennis said on 12th December 2009, 15:30

    That 7th place is just weird. It’s like “oh we need 3 more cars that could get points, let’s just paste a few underneath”. Very odd indeed! I’d like to have a point for the fastest lap too. I don’t care for points for pole though, that’s qualification and not racing. Either way, I can see where the’re coming from with this system but I don’t really care about it since it doesn’t change enough. There was nothing wrong with the old system. I like the 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 idea as well. Not because of the “incentive to win”(the’re all competative enough, that’s the reason why they made it to the top of racing in the first place) but because it sorts out all problems the new proposed system is bringing up. That 7th place oddity needs to go!

  11. Icthyes said on 12th December 2009, 22:38

    A completely unnecessary, ill-thought, ruination of F1. Let’s just give everyone a trophy for turning up and be done with it, the way things are going.

  12. Daffid said on 13th December 2009, 11:15

    Jensen Button:
    “It’s a great idea. It’s nice that you get five points over second for winning. That’s important because we all love winning races. I won six races this year and I got just two more point”

    Is he really so thick that he can’t see that relatively you get no more points? Dear God, I can’t believe they’ve ruined the historical records at a stroke.

    • Mike-e said on 22nd January 2010, 22:05

      i’m fairly sure that at periods in f1 history the winner didn’t get 10 points. I’m fairly sure that at some point in the 70’s or 80’s the winner got 8 points….

  13. GeeMac said on 14th December 2009, 6:53

    It’s a poor decision. Another knee-jerk reaction by the FIA and the F1 supremos.

    The reward for winning is far too high (as strange as that sounds!) and flies in the face of the FIA’s earlier view that a driver who is consistently good should win the WDC.

    I’m curious, would Button have won the WDC earlier in the year based on the new points system?

  14. I don’t really see the problem with the new points system as most of the ratios are still the same.
    It doesn’t really what points system they use, the best most consistent driver will still win the championship.
    Perhaps they could look at the Indycar points system which seems to work very well where they give points all the way through the field, that way even the cars at the back have a good reason to carry on racing each other.

  15. Please email all the teams and FOTA and complain about the 7th place thing (5 pts when it should be 4)

    I would prefer 15,12,10,8,6,5,4,3,2,1 but that aint going to happen, so if we’re going to get

    25,20,15,10,8,6,5?!!?,3,2,1 … lets get that 5 changed..

    email williams, mclaren, FIA, FOTA, force india, USf1, asap!

    get it done people , otherwise we’re stuck with this sea-saw system


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