Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone insists that the controversial 'winner takes all' points system will be in place for the 2010 season after the FIA back-tracked on plans to bring the proposal into play this year.

The World Motor Sport Council announced last week that it was to bring in a system that would see the championship go to the driver who takes the most wins over the course of the year.

However, the FIA was then forced into a u-turn when the Formula One Teams Association refused to give its backing to the proposal, arguing that it was too late in the day to bring a new scoring system into play.

The governing body said it was prepared to defer the plan, which had been championed by Ecclestone, until 2010 and the commercial rights holder insisted that it would be in place in time for next year.

"To make any changes when the entries have closed, you have to get a unanimous agreement between all the people that have entered, and it would appear that some of the teams didn't like the idea," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "I don't know who was against it and if I did, I wouldn't tell you.

"The whole idea is nothing to do with winning the world championship, the idea was to make sure people raced in every race to win, not to be second or third and collect points. It will be (brought in) next year. It will be supported by the FIA and it will be in the regulations. So when people enter the championship, that's what the regulation will be."

Ecclestone added that he was disappointed that the system wouldn't be implemented during the new season, which gets underway next weekend in Melbourne, but said he was certain it would improve the spectacle as drivers are forced to battle for victory in order to be successful, as opposed to simply settling for points.

"Lewis (Hamilton) last year was second in a couple of races he could easily have won, and he was quite right in being second," he said. "If I'd have been his team manager I'd have been complaining if he'd been racing to win, in case there was a problem in the car or he fell off the road.

"It's logic. If you go to watch the athletics and are watching the 100 metres, you aren't looking for the guy who will be in second place, you are looking for the winner. In most sports, people are looking at the winners."



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