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Ecclestone Confident Of Medals System For Next Season

Bernie Ecclestone is confident that a contraversial change from a points system of scoring to a medals system in formula one will go through at a meeting of the FIA next month.

The basic principle of this is that the driver who wins the most races, wins the title.  Fair enough.  But the actual medals idea is complete lunacy.  Gold for 1st, Silver for 2nd and Bronze for 3rd, fair enough.  However, a driver could win 6 races, finish nowhere in any of the others and still beat a driver who say finished 2nd in every single other race, because it is most gold medals.

Also, what happens about the constructors title?  And also what about the TV revenue money which used to be distributed via the points in the constructors?  Also, and it must be considered, with 5 laps to go why wouldnt all of the people say lower than 10th just pull into the garages?

“It’s going to happen,” said Bernie Ecclestone.

“All the teams are happy. The whole reason for this was that I was fed up with people talking about no overtaking. The reason there’s no overtaking is nothing to do with the circuit or the people involved, it’s to do with the drivers not needing to overtake.

“If you are in the lead and I’m second, I’m not going to take a chance and risk falling off the road or doing something silly to get two more points. If I need to do it to win a gold medal, because the most medals win the world championship, I’m going to do that. I will overtake you.”

Meawhile Eddie Jordan branded it complete nonsense.

“I think it’s a nonsense,” he told BBC Radio Five Live. “The focus of everyone in Formula One at the moment must be on the current situation with costs and cost cutting, and nothing else. The rest is just dressing it up.

“The points are necessary. I was one of the team principals in the team principals’ meetings who advocated that the points should go down to eighth place, because one point to a team down there is as important as a win is to the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, and we must never forget that.

“I can promise you, having been in that position, two points against no points is a huge difference.”

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One response

  1. James

    Formula One needs consistency and radically changing the points system is not a necessary measure. The championship was one of the best I have seen in years. If you want the driver with the most victories to be champion make winning races worth more points (say 12 instead of 10) and leave the rest alone.

    December 1, 2008 at 4:21 am

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