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Sauber leaves FOTA, with Toro Rosso not far behind?

Sauber are the latest team to leave FOTA

Sauber are the latest team to leave FOTA

Sauber has become the latest team to drop out of the Formula One Teams Association.

The team notified FOTA several days ago, with the news becoming public today. A spokesperson has stated that the team have left for reasons “that have been fully explained to FOTA and will be kept private for now.”

In the wake of Ferrari and Red Bull’s departure from the group, this is another blow to the association that has struggled in recent times to instigate talks on the Resource Restriction Agreement.

Toro Rosso are also rumoured to be on the way out, after it was confirmed that the team did not send a representative to the latest FOTA meeting on Tuesday.

FOTA in doubt after Red Bull and Ferrari pull out

Red Bull and Ferrari are to leave FOTA in February

Red Bull and Ferrari are to leave FOTA in February

The future of the Formula One Teams Association is in doubt, after both Ferrari and Red Bull Racing announced their departure from the group.

Disputes have arisen over the last few weeks regarding the future of the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA), which has attempted to limit how teams spend their money in Formula 1.

However, the top 4 teams – Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari – have all been accused recently about overspending and breaking the RRA. The departure of two of the largest teams in the sport confirms that a deal has not been found, and F1 will have a brand new controversy to talk about over the winter.

It must be noted that a team must serve a 2-month notice before it is to leave the association, so Red Bull and Ferrari will technically leave the group in February, providing some time to try and find a solution to this issue.

Ferrari attempted to explain their reason for leaving:

"Ferrari has informed FOTA President Martin Whitmarsh that it is leaving the 
organisation made up of the teams competing in the Formula 1 World Championship.

It was a difficult decision and a great deal of thought went into it. It was 
taken reluctantly after analysing the current situation and the stalemate when 
it came to debate on some issues that were at the core of why the association 
was formed, indeed with Ferrari and Luca di Montezemolo as the main instigator 
and promoter of ideas. It’s not by chance that the President of the Maranello 
company held that same position and job title within FOTA up to the end of 
2009.

Some of the major achievements of the association during these years, also 
worked out in conjunction with the FIA, centred around cost reduction, which 
was of significant benefit to everyone, the big teams and the small ones.

Ferrari was on the front line in this area, even before the birth of FOTA and 
it intends to continue down this route to ensure the sustainability of the 
sport in the long term. Now however, it is necessary to find some new impetus 
to move it along because FOTA’s drive has run its course, despite the excellent 
work of current President, Martin Whitmarsh in trying to reach agreement 
between the various positions for the common good.

Ferrari will continue to work with the other teams to make the current RRA, 
Resource Restriction Agreement, aimed at controlling costs, more effective and 
efficient, modifying it to make it more stringent in key areas such as 
aerodynamics, to rebalance some aspects such as testing and to expand it to 
areas currently not covered such as engines.

Formula 1, like the rest of the world in fact, is currently going through a 
delicate period. Ferrari wants to work with all parties for the future of a 
sport that expresses the highest level of motor sport technology.

We must return to a situation where Formula 1 is really a test bed for 
advanced technological research, the results of which can be transferred to 
Granturismo cars. In addition, we must not forget that this sport must become 
more user friendly and more accessible to the general public and furthermore, 
it cannot be the only professional sport where it is practically impossible to 
do any training: the number of days of testing must be increased so that the 
drivers, especially the young ones who lack experience and the teams, can be 
adequately prepared, as well as providing more opportunities for them to come 
into contact with spectators and sponsors."

Autosport has stated that these top 4 teams are to meet privately to try to reach an agreement.

The last time FOTA was in such a crisis was 2009, when Williams and Force India were thrown out of the organisation, in the midst of the budget cap controversy.

Hispania leaves FOTA

Hispania are now the only F1 team not a part of FOTA

Hispania are now the only F1 team not a part of FOTA

HRT have stated that they are to leave the Formula One Teams Association, claiming that the group only focuses on the leading teams. However, FOTA argue that financial troubles caused Hispania to drop out.

FOTA, which was set up in mid-2008, exists to give teams a voice when negotiating with the FIA and Formula One Group (Commercial owners of F1). At the moment, the teams are discussing a Resource Restriction Agreement, which should limit spending from the big teams, and aid the smaller ones. Previously, they played a crucial part in the 2008 Concorde Agreement.

However, despite this, HRT has left the group, claiming:

"The truth is we left because FOTA defends only the interests of the big 
teams"

"For example, it doesn't divide the extra points revenues in equal parts as 
planned. The difference in TV rights revenues seems excessive between 10th 
place, which gets $36 million, and 11th which gets $10 million. So why 
should the entry fee be equal for everyone?"

However, Simone Perillo, secretary general of FOTA, sees things differently:

"I can confirm that the Hispania Racing F1 Team did not fulfil its 2010 
FOTA membership fee obligations."

Despite this, Kolles insists the team were going to leave regardless, before they were suspended after their failure to pay.

Full FOTA fan survey results released

The results of the FOTA fan survey, which was started back in February, have been fully released today. The survey was the largest of its kind, with over 85,000 fans taking part. The most interesting results were concerning watching F1 online, HD broadcasting, and coverage of the sport.

Instead of releasing these results in paragraphs, I’ve written them in bullet points within sections, to make it easier to read:

Fans’ interest in F1

  • 61% of F1 fans are located in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), 27% in Asia Pacific and 12% in the Americas.
  • 38% of fans surveyed have been watching F1 for over 10 years. 16.4% have been following it for less than a year.
  • 27.2% watch between 1-3 races per year, 17.4% watch 4-9 races, 9.3% watch 10-12, 33.5% watch more than 12, and 12.6% do not watch F1 races on television.
  • 43% of fans who watch a race watch it from start to finish. 25% see most of the race, while 18.1% watch some of it. 5.9% watch a little bit, 1.5% for only the start, and 6.5% only watch the highlights.
  • Amazingly, 77.5% of fans have not attended a race in the last year. 13.3% have gone to 1, 5% have gone to 2, and 4.2% have attended 3 or more.

Analysis: Most of these results are good news. The fact that 68% of all fans will watch most or all of the race is great, as it proves that F1 is interesting to watch – to most viewers anyways. Also, the fact that 16.4% of fans have joined this sport in the last year shows that 2009′s rule changes have helped to improve the sport’s image to a new audience.

However, I’m annoyed that 77.5% of people don’t (can’t?) go to a single race in a year. This is undoubtedly because it is too expensive, when you consider travel, accomodation, food, and the actual tickets. Many venues have empty grandstands because the tickets are far too expensive, so this needs to be sorted out.

Media and Formula 1

Unfortunately, I can’t write about the section that reads “How frequently do you access Newspapers/TV (races and qualifying are split into 2)/Radio/Magazines/Streaming on websites/F1 blogs or forums/Email and Mobile updates for Formula 1?” Each one of those media outlets has its own chart, and I’d be here all week if I were to analyse it all. However, you can have a look yourself, at the link at the bottom.

  • 24.8% of fans would be very interested in watching races online, and 27.6% would be quite interested. 24.4% would not be very interested, and 20.2% would be not at all interested. 3.1% didn’t know.
  • Use of Formula 1 apps on the phone appears to have been shunned, as 46.3% would be “not at all interested” in using F1 mobile apps.
  • Also, the majority of fans do not want to be part of an F1 online community. 36.4% are not at all interested, 28.3% not very interested, 20.7 are quite interested, and 11.4% would be very interested. 3.2% don’t know.
  • HD broadcasting is very important, as 39.4% are very interested in watching F1 in HD, while 26.3% would be quite interested. 16.2% and 15.1% would be not at all interested and not very interested respectively.
  • There is a bit of division as to would fans be interested in downloading races to watch. While 30.4% would be not at all interested, 21.4% and 21.1% would be quite and very interested respectively.

Analysis: I’m not surprised that HD broadcasting and online access are the two main topics here, as this is where Formula 1 is sorely lacking in comparison to other sports, like NASCAR (in HD) and IndyCar (IndyCarNation race control). Although I’m surprised to see that many fans wouldn’t download races online, I don’t think Bernie and FOM would allow it anyway.

The image of Formula 1

Which three of the following words/phrases do you think best describes Formula 1?

Advanced Technology 47.5% Competitive 40.9% Exciting 33.6% Risk Taking 30.6% Global 29.3% Prestigious 20.2% Entertaining 19.1% Popular 15.1% Exclusive 14.8% Innovative 14.0% Predictable 11.2% Stylish 8.6% Respected 6.8% Leader 6.0% Accessible 2.3%
  • 42.3% of fans strongly believe that F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport. 39.4% say that the sport showcases the best drivers.
  • Oddly enough, only 23.8% would strongly agree that F1 coverage on TV is informative and engaging. 30.5% mildly agree, and 24.9% neither agree nor disagree. 6.3% would strongly disagree.
  • While 14% strongly disagree that F1 has an important role in promoting environmentally friendly initiatives, only 16.4% would strongly agree. Most fans do not agree or disagree with this question.
  • The same goes for F1 having an important role in improving road safety. 13.6% strongly disagree, but 16.5% strongly agree.
  • Here’s a good one – the majority of fans strongly agree (29.8%) with the fact that there is too much focus on politics in Formula 1.
  • 51.9% strongly agree that F1 showcases the most advanced technology in motorsport.
  • The overwhelming majority believe that F1 has the right balance between technology and safety.

Analysis: I’m very happy with the first result here, as the true characteristics of F1 are the highest rated, like technology, competition and excitement. Having said that, the 11.2% who said that F1 was best described as predictable need to wake up and actually watch some races this year, just not Bahrain.

    F1 Technology

    • 32.4% strongly look forward to technological innovations each season.
    • 25.8% strongly agree that F1 technology has helped to improve safety in road cars.
    • 26.9% would only mildly agree that F1 has the right balance between technology and driver skill.
    • “Technological innovations have led to more competitive racing”. 24.6% strongly agree, while 22.3% mildly agree. 22.5% neither agree nor disagree, and 12.6% mildly disagree. 12.7% strongly disagree, and 5.3% have no opinion.
    • 20.7% strongly believe that technology is the most exciting aspect of F1, while 11.1% strongly disagree.

    Analysis: There would be little doubt that there is a lot of disagreement when it comes to F1 technology. Innovations in this sport are great, in my opinion, but casual fans can often get confused by them, such as KERS and the F-duct systems.

    The Grands Prix

    As with the section earlier on F1 media, I can’t do the next section. This is about the current amount of broadcast features shown during a race, and whether they should be shown more or less. These results are accessible from the link at the bottom of this post.

    • If a race is on too early or too late in the day, then 15.3% would frequently record the race and watch it later. 26.4% would do it occasionally, and 58.3% would never do this.
    • 31.7% would like to see a lot of analysis on steward decisions, and 28.6% would like to see some.
    • 36.9% would like to see a lot of split-screen coverage, and 30.1% would like to see some.
    • 33.4% would like to be able to follow a specific car, although 39.1% had no opinion on this one.
    • 34.8% would like to follow a car of their choice for the entire race, although 33.9% had no opinion.
    • 43.3% feel that it is driver safety is extremely important to them.
    • 37.3% feel that diversity of circuit venues is extemely important to them.
    • 53.8% would say that overtaking is extremely important in a race.

    Analysis: The fact that very few would record an F1 race is another incentive to have more night races. This way, people can watch more races live, instead of failing to watch them because it was on at the right time. Also, the implementation of broadcasting features (split-screen coverage, follow a specific car, etc) would require a digital service from all broadcasters involved, and I think that would be difficult to bring in. Having said that, it would be great if it could happen.

    The future of F1

    • 57.3% strongly agree that F1 needs to continue to deliver exciting racing and overtaking.
    • 37.9% strongly agree that Formula 1 must continue to return to classic venues like Silverstone and Monza.
    • 44.2% would strongly agree that more emphasis must be placed on driver skill.
    • 53% strongly agree that F1 must be more affordable for fans attending the race.
    • 39.3% strongly agree that F1 must be the pinnacle of technology.
    • 37.9% strongly agreed that the sport should always have technological innovations to look forward to.
    • 41.2% strongly agreed that the sport should connect more with fans
    • 40.8% strongly agreed that races that test driver skill should be introduced more.
    • 31.7% would neither agree nor disagree that more races should be included on the calendar.
    • 15.7% strongly disagreed that F1 should go to new markets at the expense of European races.
    • 50.5% strongly agreed that F1 must continue to go to classic venues.
    • There was much diversity when it came to the night races. Although 19.1% strongly agreed that it would make them watch more, 19.9% mildly agreed, 27.9% didn’t agree nor disagree, 10.45 mildly disagree, and 14.4% strongly disagree, while 8.3% have no opnion.
    • 19.7% would strongly disagree with ditching classic venues in favour of new countries.
    • 27.4% would neither agree nor disagree that their interest in the race is affected by the circuit.
    • While 15.8% strongly want more street races, 15.4% strongly disagree with this.

    Analysis: There isn’t much surprise here, apart from the night and street races part. Personally, I think there should be less street races, and only 1 or 2 more night races, as otherwise they lose their exclusivity after a while.

    Other

    • 52% felt that Monaco was the most important race on the calendar, followed by Italy (50.6%), Britain (42.9%), Germany (38.8%) and Belgium (29.4%).
    • Amazingly, 25.7% of fans had no idea of what KERS was. 21.8% said that not every team used it, so it was hard to measure its success.
    • 18% strongly agreed that KERS had a positive impact on the 2009 season, though 16.9% strongly disagreed.
    • 23.2% strongly agreed that KERS should returm to F1, but 17.6% strongly disagreed.
    • 24.8% would have high interest in attending the annual car launches and presentations.
    • 44.9% think that the 2010 points system was a good idea, with only 14.2% thinking it was a bad idea. However, a massive 40.9% had no opinion. Oddly enough, avid F1 fans were more likely to dislike the new points system. Infrequent fans were much more likely to have no opinion.
    • 61.9% think that there should be a greater points difference between 1st and 2nd place, so there is more competition for the win.
    • 44.4% have definitely heard of FOTA, though 34.8% definitely haven’t.  20.8% think so.

    Analysis: The fact that more than a quarter of fans don’t know what KERS is is a shock to me. Obviously, they weren’t paying much attention last year, or it wasn’t explained well enough. I’m not surprised that many fans haven’t heard of FOTA, as they are never mentioned on live broadcasts. They only really appear in F1 blogs online, and this needs to improve so as to improve FOTA’s image with supporters.

    Favourite moments of 2009:

    Force India in Spa 18.8% Jenson Button in Brazil 14.7% Brawn 1-2 in Melbourne 11.6% Monsoon in Malaysia 9.5% Webber’s 1st win in Germany 8.2% Vettel’s win in Silverstone 6.7% Opening lap of Brazilian GP 6.4% Hamilton’s drive in Singapore 5.6% Vettel’s pole and win in China 5.3% Button’s run to the Monaco podium 5.0% The twilight Abu Dhabi race 4.3% Japanese GP qualifying 3.9%

    Analysis: This is one of my favourite results, as the best moments of 2009 are at the top. It would have been very easy to vote for accidents such as the Japanese GP qualifying, but they didn’t, and preferred moments such as Force India’s pole position and P2 in Belgium, which is personally my best moment of the year.

    Overall, I would have thought that these results were to be expected, such as fans wanting more exciting races, HD broadcasting, better coverage, etc. However, I’m surprised at the lack of respect given to safety in Formula 1, as it should be the most important factor in the sport. Still, hopefully some of these results can be used to change F1 for the better, but it’s up to FOTA to do so.

    I wasn’t able to include all of the results, such as the brand factor in F1, but you can view the entire FOTA report here.

    Teams agree to ban F-ducts for 2011

    Sauber's interpretation of the F-duct system

    Sauber's interpretation of the F-duct system

    The Formula 1 teams have agreed to ban the F-duct devices on the F1 cars for 2011, despite pleas for McLaren to keep the innovation.

    McLaren had taken the lead in the development of the F-duct early on, when they had their system ready by the season opener in Bahrain. All of the other teams have since been trying to catch up on McLaren’s advantage, by creating their own F-duct systems. However, since the teams’ chassis are homologated for this season, many teams complained that they were struggling to make their own devices.

    Since Bahrain, Sauber, Ferrari, Mercedes and Williams have all managed to run blown rear wings, but the rest of the teams were concerned that these devices could go out of control next season, on cost and safety grounds. Therefore, at the FOTA meeting at Barcelona after the race today, a decicion mas made to ban the F-duct for 2011, despite McLaren trying to convince the team principals to keep it.

    The CEO of Mercedes GP, Nick Fry, explained that the F-duct system was both dangerous and brought little to the sport:

    "I personally think that it is sensible to nip in the bud 
    technologies that, on the face of it, don't really have a relevance 
    for use outside of F1.
    
    By the end of the year I know we, and I am sure most of the other 
    teams, will have an F-Duct on their car and that neutralises the 
    advantage of having it.
    
    The engineers have already come up with ideas for next year that are 
    zany in the extreme, and it is difficult to see how they would be 
    used elsewhere. Plus they would be expensive.
    
    I know it is disappointing for those who invent these ideas, but I 
    think what people have to get used to is, like the double diffuser 
    idea, they may be fairly short lived.
    
    You get your pay back for the year when you have got it and other 
    people haven't - and if it isn't a useful technology then it comes 
    off.
    
    What we should be encouraging is stuff that we can be using 
    elsewhere, and I am personally a big proponent of KERS because 
    of that."
    

    A very good move by FOTA here, in my opinion. If you were watching the BBC analyse qualifying and the race this weekend, you would have seen footage of Fernando Alonso driving dangerously, with both hands off the wheel at some points. His left hand was operating the F-duct, while the right hand was changing the brake bias, and looking down at the same time. I know that driving an F1 car is supposed to be an extreme challenge, but this is just stupid.

    Anyways, it does bring very little to the sport, whatever way you look at it. The double-decker diffuser was banned (2011 onwards) on the same basis. Technical innovation, in modern F1, should be intended for environmental, high performance or “improving the show” (sorry) purposes. The only one of these the F-duct gets close to is performance, but since it really is an unecessary device, there’s no reason for it to be in Formula 1.

    First results of FOTA survey revealed

    The first results of FOTA's survey are out today

    The first results of FOTA's survey are out today

    FOTA’s F1 fan survey results are being revealed in parts, after the first result was published a few days ago. Today, a new set of answers were shown, the most important of which was people’s opinions on the new points system.

    With over 90,000 people taking part, 44.9% thought that the new 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system was good. However 61.9% thought that there should still be a bigger gap between first and second place finishers. To be honest, this isn’t good news for the FIA. Note that 44.9% thought the new system was “good”, not very good, and there’s no info on how many dislike the new points system. Also, 61.9% still want an improvement in this system, so it clearly isn’t going down well at the moment.

    F1 fans were also asked what was the watching feature they wanted most. 65.7% of these wanted High Definition broadcasting, then the option to follow a specific car in the race (53.7%), and then to be able to watch F1 on the internet (52.4%). to be honest, internet access to F1 is the one feature I really want. Up to last year, I didn’t have any channel that had F1 coverage, so I had to watch crap quality, unreliable streams from sources that would be taken down for copyright infringement as soon as Bernie found out. I wouldn’t mind if a new official F1 stream was set up, but it’ll be far too expensive, mark my word.

    The most favourited venue to watch a race was Monaco (52%), followed by Italy (50.6%), Britain (42.9%) and Germany (28.8%). I can kind of see why Monaco is there, but I’m not so sure about Germany.

    Ferrari returned to the top as the most favourited team, followed by McLaren (19.1%) and Mercedes (10.01%). Of course Ferrari and McLaren are there, but why would anyone support Mercedes? Incredibly boring livery, boring results so far, and they are just a bought-out version of Brawn. Oh yeah, they have Schumacher, so everything’s fine, of course.

    Like I said a few days earlier, Michael Schumacher is the most popular F1 driver (19.5%), followed by Fernando Alonso (9.7%), Kimi Raikkonen (7.2%), Felipe Massa (6.1%), Lewis Hamilton (6.0%) and Robert Kubica (4.3%).

    Schumacher voted most popular F1 driver

    The FOTA logo

    The FOTA logo

    A few weeks back, FOTA launched “the most exhaustive F1 fan survey ever”. A huge range questions were put to the fans, and one of these has become the first result to be published from the survey. Michael Schumacher has been voted the most popular driver in F1, ahead of Fernando Alonso.

    However, the margin of how popular he is is quite surprising. Schumacher took 19.5% of the entire vote, compared to Alonso’s 9.7%. In third place was a driver who isn’t even in Formula 1 any more – Kimi Raikkonen.

    This is the first result of a huge survey. Over 90,000 (knock off a zero there, and I can make a good few jokes!) people took part, and there will be a huge degree of expectation to see some of the answers, such as how they feel about races, and how they could be improved. These results should be out within a few weeks.

    The “most exhaustive” F1 survey ever

    FOTA, who are organising the survey

    FOTA, who are organising the survey

    FOTA have launched what they have called the “most exhaustive” F1 survey ever.

    The survey is to find out what every type of person feels about Formula 1, even if they rarely watch it. The survey definitely deserves it title, it covers everything. There are questions about how they feel about racing technology, overtaking, changing race structure, the drivers and teams, safety, and broadcasting.

    Even if you aren’t interested in Formula 1, I’d encourage you to take the survey anyway. These results will probably be used by FOTA to push for a new F1 in the future.

    Have your voice heard – take the survey here.

    Oh, and make sure you say you’re over 18 ;) They won’t let you take the survey if you say you aren’t!

    Why don’t they just leave the rules alone?

    This time in 2009, Bernie Ecclestone unveiled his new idea for F1: the medal system. Cue outrage around the world. The idea was dropped two weeks before the season opener in Melbourne, but the controversy over it never really left. This stupid idea from Ecclestone was eventually left alone, but still revealed the Achilles heel of Formula 1: inconcistency.

    At no point over the last decade have the rules and regulations been left alone for a long period of time. So many pointless changes, like the horrificly awful qualifying format for 2005 and the difference in tyre compunds in 2009 show how Formula 1 never learns.

    At the moment, we are inundated with F1 leaders talking about “improving the show”. What’s this all about? Formula 1 isn’t a show, it’s a sport. In 2009, we saw one of the biggest overhaul of the technical regulations in recent history, to improve overtaking, which, after all the mad changes we saw, failed. This year, the F1 teams want to force the top ten qualifyers to keep their tyres into the race. They say that this will create a mix-up in the field. The crucial word in that last sentence was “create”.

    Great racing isn’t created by constantly fiddling with the rules until it happens. Unfortunately,  everyone in FOTA, the FIA, Overtaking Working Group, and Technical Working Group seems to think it works. This means that, for years, we will be seeing more and more rule changes, to try and create artificial racing.

    Just look at the tyre compounds at the start of 2009 for example. Here, Bridgestone decided to have one compound in between the ones they would be using each weekend (eg super-soft and medium, soft and hard). Since both compounds had to be used in a race, it would mean a huge difference in performance over stints. In Australia, we saw the super-softs disintegrate after 8 laps, and the medium tyres struggle to get heat into the rubber. What we ended up with was lots of action, as the field was constantly struggling with the tyres. Then, near the end, the inevitable happened: Vettel, who was struggling for grip, crashed into Kubica, and took them both out.

    This is not only unpure racing, it’s just dangerous. It took Bridgestone nearly half the season to get the message, and finally reverted to the old tyre compound procedure. But, even though its gone, it simply guarantees my thoughts that these sort of rule changes are terrible for the sport.

    Of course, the leaders of our sport never learn. So, for 2010, let’s go back to the Q3 “same tyre for race” rule. It hasn’t been approved yet, but almost certainly will be. This means that we will see a mix up in the grid, between drivers who go slower on more consistent tyres, or drivers who go quicker on fast-wearing tyres.

    Isn’t this what we just banned with the refuelling ban? We wanted an end to seeing light-fuelled cars on pole, and the faster cars penned back because of a heavy fuel load. So what the hell is the point of ditching that, and introducing something which will end up exactly the same?

    At the end of it all, it simply makes no sense. Maybe it’s too early to complain about the tyre rule changes, but seeing how other changes have gone down, I’m not confident. However, at some point, the Overtaking Working Group will get their wish. We will see a season filled with overtaking, action and incidents. The tv audience will be glued to their seats. And it will be hollow, because we will have artificially ruined Formula 1.

    Teams agree to new points system – again

    The Formula 1 teams, working as FOTA, have agreed to change the current F1 points system again.

    Last year, a new points system was agreed, gining 25 points to the winner, and extend the points down to 10th place. However, there were many complaints, such as not enough gap in points between 1st and 2nd.

    Today, FOTA announced a new set of points, that will be submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council. However, this is really only routine, as this new system will almost definitely be introduced.

    The new points system is as follows:

    Winner 25
    Second 18
    Third 15
    Fourth 12
    Fifth 10
    Sixth 8
    Seventh 6
    Eighth 4
    Ninth 2
    Tenth 1

    The most notable change is the bigger difference in points between 1st and 2nd, which is now 7 points instead of 5. Also, there are more equal gaps between the other places.

    Overall, this is a better idea than the previous version. Many of the people I have talked to also agree, so this is a step in the right direction.

    The idea of points being introduced for fastest laps and pole positions were suggested, but no agreement was reached.

    This idea should be accepted by the WMSC in the next few days.

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