FIA Backtrack Over Points Changes
F1’s governing body the FIA have started to backtrack over their decision to make changes to the points system regarding victories over point score.
The new rules have prompted wide criticsm from drivers past and present including Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.
The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) gave the FIA a statement saying that changes as large as these could not be implemented without unanimous support of all the teams.
The FIA have responded with this statement:
“On 17 March, the FIA World Motor Sport Council unanimously rejected FOTA’s proposed amendment to the points system for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The ‘winner takes all’ proposal made by the commercial rights holder (who had been told that the teams were in favour) was then approved.
“If, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010.”