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FOTA hits out at proposed points changes

The Formula One Teams Association has hit out at the FIA's controversial new scoring system, arguing that it is too late to bring the proposal into play for the 2009 season.

The FIA announced earlier this week that it was to make amendments to the scoring system that would see the F1 championship go to the driver who had secured the most race wins over the course of the year, as opposed to the current system which sees the person with the most points crowned champion.

Under the proposed rules, points would still decide the remainder of the championship standings, but it could see the driver crowned champion at the end of the year have a lower points total than the title winner.

The new proposal has been roundly criticised by fans and drivers alike, with current champion Lewis Hamilton and Formula One's most successful ever driver Michael Schumacher amongst those to voice their concerns over the planned change.

“I cannot imagine those changes to help F1, especially regarding the new system to find the champion,” Schumacher said. “I cannot see how it makes sense to eventually have a world champion who has less points than the driver coming in second, even if I also think it is a good move to try to strengthen the winner's position.”

FOTA has now insisted that the proposed changes aren't valid as they were made without the support of the teams, who have come together to 'unanimously question' the World Motor Sport Council's decision having already put forward its own proposal which would have seen a system brought into place offering more points to a race winner.

“Following the decision of the World Motorsport Council of the 17 March 2009 to change the way the drivers' championship is awarded, the Teams gathered and unanimously agreed to question the validity of this decision,” the statement read.

“FOTA had made a proposal that was carefully based on the results of a Global Audience Survey, which allowed listening to preferences of the public, and all the Teams firmly believe that these indications should be properly taken into account.

“The amendment to the sporting regulations proposed by the World Motorsport Council was not performed in accordance with the procedure provided for by Appendix 5 of the Sporting Regulations and, as per the provisions of the article 199 of the FIA International Sporting Code, it is too late for FIA to impose a change for the 2009 season that has not obtained the unanimous agreement of all the competitors properly entered into the 2009 Formula 1 Championship.”

FOTA added that it would look to work alongside the FIA in order to put a new points system in place for the 2010 campaign.

“Since the change to the scoring system unanimously agreed by the Teams and proposed to FIA did not receive approval of the WMSC, no change can occur in 2009,” the missive continued, “and the Teams wish to reaffirm their willingness to collaborate with the FIA in order to jointly define a new point system for the 2010 season within a comprehensive set of measures aimed at further stimulating the attractiveness of the F1 Sport.”

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keech - Unregistered

March 20, 2009 5:49 PM

Well said FOTA!!! Lets just hope the FIA listen to you, because if not then it is clear that they have their own agenda. Don't hold your breath though

Andy - Unregistered

March 20, 2009 5:56 PM

I still say FOTA should break from these idiots (BE & MM and form a new and even better catagory, they'll only do something similar in the future.

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