As the Formula One teams get to grips with their new slick tyres and other changes to the cars for the 2009 season, the head honchos are continuing to revamp the rules.
This year’s shake-up, which includes the introduction of slick tyres, KERS and a radical overhaul of the aerodynamic regulations, have proved popular changes this year with the Formula One teams and pundits.
And the latest new rule change which states the driver who wins the most races walks away with the world title, as opposed to the one who amasses the most points, has been applauded by motor racing supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) picked up on part of an idea touted by Mr Ecclestone five months previously. If the rule had been in force a year ago, it would have seen Lewis Hamilton miss out to Felipe Massa instead of winning his crown by a single point from the Brazilian.
Mr Ecclestone`s suggestion centred around an “Olympic-style” medals system, where drivers would be awarded gold, silver and bronze – with the title won by the driver collecting the most golds.
The WMSC, the decision-making arm of world governing body the FIA, has rejected the notion of medals but agreed to a winner-takes-all F1.
Mr Ecclestone said: “If I need a gold medal to win the championship, I will overtake. It’s just not on that someone can win the championship without winning a race.”
In a critic of the previous points system, the F1 grandee told BBC Radio 5 Live: “If you’re in the lead and I’m second, I wouldn’t want to risk falling off the circuit or doing something stupid to get two points.”
If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of wins, the title will go to the driver with the most points, based on the current system.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Executive