FIA: number of wins to decide 2009 F1 world champion 

Written by David on March 17th, 2009 at 8:01 pmLast Update: March 17th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

FIANo medals system, no change in the allocation of points – the current 10, 6, 8, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 system will be kept – but the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council approved today a major change in the points system. Following a meeting in Paris this morning, the WMSC approved FOM’s proposal to award the Formula One Drivers’ Title to the driver that will win the most Grand Prix during the season, regardless the number of points scored.

If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of wins, the title will be awarded to the driver with the most points while the rest of the standings – from second to last place – will be decided by the current points system (10, 8, 6, etc).

Along this major change, the WMSC decided to keep unaffected the Constructors’ Championship: the winner will be determined by the points that the drivers of each team will gain in each Grand Prix.

The WMSC also rejected FOTA’s alternative proposal to change the points awarded to drivers finishing in first, second, and third place to 12, 9 and 7 points respectively.

Among the new ‘most wins system’, the WMSC announced the following measures in order to help reduce costs and  increase spectators’ interest in the Formula 1 Championship:


  • Teams will be allowed to carry out three one day young driver training tests between the end of the last event of the Championship and 31 December of the same year. Drivers are eligible only if they have not competed in more than two F1 World Championship Events in the preceding 24 months or tested a Formula One car on more than four days in the same 24 month period.
  • Teams can also conduct eight one day aerodynamic tests carried out on FIA approved straight line or constant radius sites between 1 January 2009 and the end of the last Event of the 2009 Championship.


  • The FIA will publish the weights of all cars after qualifying at each Event.
  • For greater clarity for spectators and media, wet tyres have been renamed “intermediate” and extreme-weather tyres renamed “wet”.
  • On the first day of practice all drivers must be available for autograph signing in their designated team space in the pit lane.
  • All drivers eliminated in qualifying must make themselves available for media interviews immediately after the end of each session.
  • Any driver retiring before the end of the race must make himself available for media interviews after his return to the paddock.
  • All drivers who finish the race outside the top three must make themselves available immediately after the end of the race for media interviews.
  • During the race every team must make at least one senior spokesperson available for interviews by officially accredited TV crews.

2010 Formula One Regulations:


  • As an alternative to running under the existing rules, which are to remain stable until 2012, all teams will have the option to compete with cars built and operated within a stringent cost cap.
  • The cost cap is £30m (currently approximately €33 or $42m). This figure will cover all expenditure of any kind. Anything subsidised or supplied free will be deemed to have cost its full commercial value and rigorous auditing procedures will apply.
  • To enable these cars to compete with those from teams which are not subject to cost constraints, the cost-capped cars will be allowed greater technical freedom.
  • The principal technical freedoms allowed are as follows:
    1. A more aerodynamically efficient (but standard) under body.
    2. Movable wings.
    3. An engine which is not subject to a rev limit or a development freeze.

One Comment

  1. cIL says:

    They are trying to slap Hamilton in the face because he dared to win the last championship by one point against a pilot with one more win.

    Protect Ferrari much!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why didn’t they give 10 extra points to the pilot with more wins instead of this stupidty?

    Well… next they could give medals just like Olympics… Ahah! That’s it… they are trying to be an Olympic sport… it is the only explanation for this… besides Eclestone age


    I won’t be watching it… that is all!

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