New rules approved ahead of 2010 season
2 February 2010

New rules for the 2010 Formula One season have been approved.

As a result, championship points will be allocated on a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis, ensuring greater reward for the winning driver.

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In addition, all drivers who make the top 10 in qualifying will have to start the race on the tyres they used to set their fastest time.

Teams will also have less tyres to use on a race weekend - 11 sets instead of 14 - and running during practice will be encouraged by forcing teams to return a set of tyres before second practice begins, and a further two sets before third practice.

Teams have also approved changes to the technical regulations for 2011 that will, in effect, ban double diffusers.

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2 February 2010

[quote Autocar]25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1[/quote]

Probably worth having a look at the difference bewteen each position to see if this is a good idea for the points system:

1st - 7 points difference.

2nd - 3 points difference.

3rd - 3 points difference.

4th - 2 points difference.

5th - 2 points difference.

6th - 2 points difference etc.

Personally, I do agree that a difference should be made higher up the grid, that if you finish in a better position you should gain more points over the lower finisher.

I'd propose this as a better way:

55, 40, 30, 22, 16, 11, 7, 4, 2, 1.

This then gives:

1st - 15 points difference.

2nd - 10 points difference.

3rd - 8 points difference.

4th - 6 points difference.

5th - 5 points difference.

6th - 4 points difference.

7th - 3 points difference.

8th - 2 points difference.

9th - 1 point difference.

It means that moving ahead not only do you get a bigger haul of points, but that difference between position is more further up you go. Take 4th position, if you can get on the podium you'll get an extra 8 points, but slip back you'll lose 5. 13 points differnce either side of 4th, a huge and valuable bag of points to be gained or lost! Hopefully meaning races were raced to the end.

2 February 2010

The dyscalculic who was allowed into the inner sanctum with a crayon to fiddle with the points system last time has obviously been sent back to special school, because there is now a greater benefit for winning than there used to be, and a consistent points difference throughout the placings. The previous new system had a blip between 6th and 8th places.

It seems that the FIA feels impelled to substitute a fresh daft rule whenever a bad one is overturned. These tyre regulations are a bit like the staggeringly stupid 'fuel burn-off' period from a few seasons ago, where the quasi-worthy sop to greenery and cost-cutting was forgotten for a portion of a Grand Prix weekend in order to indulge in absolutely pointless waste.

Idiocy reigns amongst the regulators of this sport at the moment. They have now introduced something that requires any successful team to have purchased three sets of tyres, at a financial cost of around £10,000 and an environmental cost of loads and loads of footprints, only to bin them before third qualifying - utterly, utterly moronic.

The toss-up as to whether to use a hard or soft compound in Q3 will be the potential difference between a lower grid place with increased race durability and the inverse. At McLaren, this now plays into the hands of Button, who won't lunch as many tyres as Hamilton, and will not be required to match Hamilton's superior outright pace as often.

I really wish these featherbrained bunglers would leave well alone, but I assume they're more afeared of losing their authority, perhaps even their jobs, through being seen to only intervene sparingly (and fittingly).

2 February 2010

If you applied the new system to last years results the only change would have been Massa would have gone down two places, Glock would have gone up one place, and Heidfeld and Kovalainen would have swapped places. The top eight wouldn't have changed places, so is there really any point in changing the current system?

2 February 2010

[quote xJib]The top eight wouldn't have changed places, so is there really any point in changing the current system?[/quote]

I think they are doing it so teams and drivers will take more risks, it can't be applied retrospectively when the points difference was not in place.

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