FIA president Max Mosley has revealed that the new points system, introduced at the start of 2003, will stay this season, despite criticism from a number of team bosses.

Speaking to Reuters, Mosley explained that while it wouldn't have been particularly fair if Kimi Raikkonen had won the title in Japan, having taken just one win, compared to Michael Schumacher's six, it's a 'price worth paying' in order to keep the championship battle as open as long as possible.

He said: "There has been no move at all [to revise the points structure] either in the Formula One commission or recently in a meeting of team principals.

"I think it was [Ferrari president] Luca [di Montezemolo] who said 'it's unfair.' Well, we know that, but I don't think it will change."

Mosley added: "It's one of those things that was discussed at great length. The downside is that you could win the championship without winning an event.

"The smaller you make the gap between first and second the more likely you are to have somebody who has only won one race or no races winning the championship. It really could happen.

"But then the other side is that it makes it more likely that people go to the end of the season, which indeed it did. If we'd had the old points system we wouldn't have gone to Suzuka last year with the championship still open.

"We could have got a very unfair result if it had rained at that race at Suzuka and probably Raikkonen would have been champion. And you could argue that would have been, in regard to the whole season, not the right result.

"But that's the price you pay for a system that makes it interesting."

The revised points system for 2003 saw points awarded in a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 formation, as opposed to norm before that of 10-6-4-3-2-1. The key point being not that points are now awarded down to eighth place, but that the gap between first and second, is only two points and not four.

 

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