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Friday, March 20, 2009

Did the FIA get the point?

For those of you who prefer for your World Champions to be vocal, Lewis Hamilton has weighed in on the FIA’s stunning, last-minute change to the scoring system for 2009 in a statement issued by McLaren. And he isn’t happy.

“I think it’s a shame what’s happening to Formula 1. It’s hard to believe that these recent decisions will improve things for the trackside spectators and TV viewers, who should always be our number one priority, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

But worry not, the FIA says it is now willing to backtrack.

“If, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010.”

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The FIA said in an official statement it was led to believe the teams were all for the winner-takes-all championship proposal “made by the commercial rights holder.”

But labeled by FOTA as invalid, slammed by the likes of champions Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, the World Motor Sport Council’s attempt to appease Bernie Ecclestone’s wish for the championship to go to the driver with the most wins looks set to be postponed.

And so the great FIA/FOM/FOTA soap opera continues... Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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