The man who would have benefited had the controversial 'winner takes all' championship format been in place last year has admitted that he would rather continue to race under the conventional points system,

Although critics point out that each driver would have raced differently under a different system, Felipe Massa - who won six races to eventual champion Lewis Hamilton's five in 2008 - insists that he would be in favour of keeping the existing 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 allocation than switching to a format that hands the world title to the driver with the most wins, irrespective of how many points he has accrued.

The FIA has formally confirmed, via the latest set of F1 sporting regulations, that its radical proposal would be put on hold for a year, but refused to implement teams' body FOTA's suggestion that the scoring be stretched to give race winners twelve points, with the rest of the top eight carrying 9-7-5-4-3-2-1 respectively.

While supporting FOTA's plan, Massa insists that he is pleased that the 'old' system has been reinstated, having been opposed to the introduction of something that appeared to be ushering a close relation of Bernie Ecclestone's equally-controversial 'medals' proposal in through the back door.

"I think the best idea was the one presented by the teams, where the winner would have taken a lot more points than the second [placed driver]," the Brazilian told Ferrari's official website, "[but], if the FIA didn't like this idea, I think it's better to remain with last year's system.

"I'd say that the rule to assign the title to the driver who wins the most races is not correct. A driver might win more races, but might be very inconsistent in his performance, not gaining many points, and, in this case, I think he wouldn't deserve the title.

"If the difference in points for the winner and second place would be bigger, there would be a bigger stimulus to fight for the win, but one would still have to be consistent during the season. We've 17 races in these championships, this is not a 100 metres sprint at the Olympic Games where everything happens in under ten seconds.

"And I'm really not interested in the fact that, with such a system, I would have won the title last year. I'm interested in what's right for our sport."

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