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Ecclestone makes new medals push

Bernie Ecclestone repeats calls for F1 to have a medal system to decide the champion
Bernie Ecclestone has made a new push for F1 to bring in a new scoring system, which would reward the driver who wins the most races during a season.

The commercial rights holder had previously called for the sport to ditch its traditional system where the driver with the most points is crowned champion to bring in a medal style system which would see the driver with the most victories during a season crowned champion.

Ecclestone had hoped to push through his plans only for the teams to argue against the change, with the decision taken instead to amend the points-scoring system to reward the top ten drivers and give greater reward to race victories.

Despite the fact that five drivers go into the final five races of the year in contention for the title, Ecclestone has now made further calls for the medal system to be introduced, arguing that the current system has made 'no difference' to the sport.

Had the medals system been in place for 2010, Mark Webber would still top the standings but with Fernando Alonso second ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel would remain fourth and fifth.

"If you look at the points system, it's made absolutely no difference," Ecclestone said during an announcement that Allianz has extended its deal to remain an F1 partner. "If we'd used the old points system it would be exactly the same position, which is strange.

"Maybe they'll wake up and think about my gold medals - because Mark would have four gold medals now and there would be two other guys with three, so the championship would go all the way to the wire.

"They'll see now what could happen."



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