The FIA has performed a dramatic u-turn and revealed that the proposed changes to Formula One's point system are set to be deferred until the 2010 season.
The World Motor Sport Council announced earlier this week that it was to bring in a new system that would see the driver to secure most wins over the course of the year lift the title, as opposed to the driver who scores the most points during the year.
With the scheme proving to be unpopular with fans and figures within the F1 paddock alike, FOTA released a statement which said it felt the proposal couldn't be brought into play without the support of the teams with the FIA now moving to respond.
In a short statement, the governing body revealed that it was prepared to defer the introduction of the system until 2010 if the teams were unhappy, with the FIA having been led to believe that the team's supported the system proposed by commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone.
“On 17 March, the FIA World Motor Sport Council unanimously rejected FOTA's proposed amendment to the points system for the Formula One Drivers' Championship,” the FIA statement read. “The 'winner takes all' proposal made by the commercial rights holder (who had been told that the teams were in favour) was then approved.
“If, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010.”