• Feb 11, 2010
The podium at the 2009 European Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has put together a new points system which has subsequently been adopted by both Formula One and the World Rally Championship. Starting with the 2010 seasons for both motorsport disciplines, the top ten finishers in each race or rally will earn points, instead of the top eight as in recent seasons.

The new system awards points on a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis. An earlier tweak to the system would have awarded 25 points to first place and 20 to second, but further consideration by both F1 and WRC opted instead to give race winners a wider point margin than second place in a bid to encourage drivers to push for the win instead of taking a calculated second place points finish.

The Sporting Working Group – billed as a think-tank within the FIA – reportedly also considered proposals for F1 to award points for fastest laps and pole positions, as well as another proposal to mandate at least two pit stops per race despite the ban on mid-race refueling. These proposals, however, were not approved.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if they went back and applied this point system to previous seasons, if there would be any major shifts in driver/constructor championships won.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i am all up for anything that would increase the number of (attempted) pass to make the sport more fun to watch!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        I don't care how fast the cars are or how skilled the drivers... the on-track competition level = crap :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good move for F1, bad move for WRC (which I prefer watching).

      Already last year, many teams were slowing down on purpose during a stage in order to place second on the grid for gravel stages. Thus, the first driver was the sweeper and could rarely keep up with the second / third drivers.

      This will just aggravate that problem :-(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since the FIA went with a 25-18 instead of a 25-20, the incentive to pull "tactical" moves and stop halfway on a stage just in order to start the following day in a better position will be increased.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How exactly do you figure? Their goal in those races was still to finish first in the end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FYI,

      Under this points system, in the 2007 season Hamilton would've been champion, and rightfully so. Comparing Kimi's results vs. Hamilton's, Hamilton was a bit more consistent in high podium finishes.

      Hamilton - 307
      Raikkonen - 272

      For the 2009 season, it's larger gaps, but no different:

      Button = 252
      Vettel = 206
      Barrichello = 196
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good. Maybe finally we'll see our first heal to heel battle for 1st place since... 1994.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the in 1997 we had a battle for a first place - Schumacher hit Villeneuve in the last race while racing for the P1 and championship. Look up Estoril Gate.