The 2009 Formula One world champion will be the driver with the biggest number of wins during the season, the sport's governing body has confirmed.
The FIA, which governs the sport, said it had rejected a proposal by FOTA to change the current points-scoring system.
Instead, it voted in favour of making the world champion the driver who wins the most races in a season.
A back-up points system will be used in case two or more drivers win the same amount of races during a year.
The constructors' championship remains unaffected by the changes.
"If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of wins, the title will be awarded to the driver with the most points, the allocation of points being based on the current 10, 8, 6 etc. system," said a statement.
"The rest of the standings, from second to last place, will be decided by the current points system. There is no provision to award medals for first, second or third place. The constructors' championship is unaffected."