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Rule changes on the horizon?

Last minutes changes on agenda as F1 gears up for start of 2010 season in Bahrain on March 14.
F1 teams will meet with Bernie Ecclestone at the start of next month in Valencia and a number of possible rule changes will be discussed ahead of F1 2010.

According to Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali the revised points system proposed for this year could be tweaked. Under the current plans, announced at the start of December, the top three drivers will now receive 25, 20 and 15 points respectively, with the remaining seven finishers being awarded 10-8-6-5-3-2-1 respectively. However it is understood that there is a desire to increase the difference between first and second.

"There is going to be a meeting in the next two weeks to reconsider some items of the regulations, among which is the scoring system," Domenicali noted on Wednesday at the Scuderia's pre-season extravaganza held in Madonna di Campiglio

"In the agenda we do not only have the fact that we have to re-seed the scoring system, but also there may be other issues that may be important, linked to the use of tyres and the number of pitstops."

Domenicali also noted that there is a need to look at the ban on testing and the use of KERS, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System that was introduced last year but that failed to take off.

"We have to make this sport 'greener', because that's the direction the automotive industry is heading," Domenicali continued in an interview on the Scuderia's official website.

"Therefore we have to study the rules regarding the rear axle, which will be applied as of 2013: accelerating here is useless, because we might risk taking the wrong decisions.

"As far as the KERS is concerned all the teams decided that it won't be used in 2010, but we're working on an energy recovery system with decisively lower costs than those we had last year for the year 2011.

"We as Ferrari really believed in this solution and we would like to see it again in our single-seaters, because we think that it will influence road car production in a positive way: naturally it has to be reintroduced with the rules equal for all of the teams."

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Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Team Principal Ferrari, Adam Parr (GBR) Chief Executive Officer Williams, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009

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Mark _

January 14, 2010 7:28 PM

@Andrew Mac - I really don't see the benefit of giving a point for fastest lap or pole. Starting P1 is enough of a prize. Getting the fastest lap does not improve the show at all. Both of these would seem to give a further advantage to the dominant driver/car which is bad for the championship.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 14, 2010 8:27 PM

Damp: "I can remember when there were points for fastest laps and pole" Can you? When was that? Are you sure? I don't remember that. I'm not saying you are wrong, just that I really can't remember when we had that, not in F1 anyway.

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