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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bernie: Medals next year

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Medals are going to happen.

That's the word from Bernie Ecclestone, who is keen on seeing a medal system replace the current points system used to determine the drivers' championship.

Ecclestone said he expects the FIA World Motorsport Council to ratify the change at its next meeting.

"It's going to happen," Autosport quotes 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.

Under Ecclestone's system, the driver with the most race wins would win the championship. The assumption is this will inspire drivers to 'go for gold' rather than play it safe in second for points.

"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," he said. "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."

Were the medal system used last season, Felipe Massa would have won the championship.

One who has a less than enthusiastic opinion on the proposed system is Eddie Jordan, former team boss and current F1 pundit.

"I think it's a nonsense," Planet F1 reports he told BBC Radio Five Live. "He's tinkering with something that in my opinion he has lost the understanding of. He thinks people are only interested in winning the races. I'm sorry, but there's just not enough thought put into this. It should be put to one side and discussed by him and Max Mosley, and for Bernie Ecclestone to say it's coming with the full approval of all the teams, I simply don't believe it."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The position points were made close as part of the effort to stop Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from wrapping up the titles long before the season was over. This probably beats going to two points systems, since they'll want to keep the teams close, for the manufacturers benefit.

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