It appears that Formula One's new scoring system has few friends in the pitlane. Renault's Fernando Alonso and Toyota's Jarno Trulli have already blasted it, and now reigning champ Lewis Hamilton from McLaren and former champion Michael Schumacher have similarly disparaged the new system that awards the championship to whichever driver wins the most races. Hamilton went so far as to say, "I think it's a shame what's happening to Formula 1." We should note that had the new scoring system been in place last year, Ferrari's Felipe Massa would have been the driver's champ instead of Hamilton.

Schumacher said he liked the idea of making wins worth more, but couldn't imagine, "how it makes sense to eventually have a world champion who has less points than the driver coming in second." From our seat, Schumacher does have a point – a driver who collects 90 points with nine race wins and eight DNFs could beat the guy with 110 points who only won eight races. If nothing else, we can be thankful that, as Hamilton said, "Whatever the points system, I know that all Formula One drivers will always race our hearts out." Bring on the season already.

[Source: Daily F1]


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