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Wins not points to decide F1 title

Formula One chiefs ruled that as of this season the coveted drivers’ championship title will be awarded to the driver who wins the most races, and not he who collects most points.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 10:31 IST

Formula One chiefs ruled on Tuesday that as of this season the coveted drivers’ championship title will be awarded to the driver who wins the most races, and not he who collects most points.

The dramatic move is part of reforms aimed at giving a new lease of life to the troubled sport that has been badly hit on the one hand by the world financial crisis but also by processional races with little overtaking.

Under the new rules if two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of race wins, the title will be awarded to the driver with the most points, the allocation of points being based on the current 10, 8, 6 etc. system.

The decision was one of several made at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday, a meeting called to “help reduce costs and increase interest in the FIA Formula One World Championship” according to a statement released by the FIA, world motor sport’s governing body.

“The WMSC accepted the proposal from Formula One Management to award the drivers’ championship to the driver who has won the most races during the season,” added the statement.

“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, the allocation of points being based on the current 10, 8, 6 etc. system.”