Formula One tweaks points and tyre rules
Formula One teams and decision makers have agreed to changes in the points system and tyre rules for this season as well as a ban on controversial ‘double diffusers’ from 2011.india Updated: Feb 03, 2010 00:44 IST
Formula One teams and decision makers have agreed to changes in the points system and tyre rules for this season as well as a ban on controversial ‘double diffusers’ from 2011.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said the new points system would see the top 10 rewarded in a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 sequence to encourage what it called “the race to win.” The FIA had said in December that the points would be allocated in 25-20-15-10-8-6-5-3-2-1 sequence to reward race winners and encourage overtaking.
The Formula One Commission agreed to the amendments to the sporting and technical regulations at a meeting on Monday. The measures will be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for final approval within 48 hours, although that can usually be taken for granted.
The tyre rules will be modified so that those drivers reaching the third and final phase of qualifying will have to start the race on the same set of tyres with which their grid time was set. That will introduce another strategic element to races.
“The number of dry weather tyres sets allocated per team has been reduced from 14 to 11,” the FIA added. For 2011, the ‘double diffusers’ that pitched last season into controversy from the opening race when some teams such as eventual champions Brawn turned up with a radical interpretation, will be banned. The permitted height of the diffuser was also reduced from 175mm to 125mm.
Teams unveiling their 2010 cars have been coy about their rear diffusers, sparking fears that a fresh row could erupt when the season starts on March 14 in Bahrain.
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Barrichello warns Rosberg
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