Formula One officially announced a rumor overhaul of its points system on Friday, one that awards points to more drivers each race and promises to make for a more exciting season championship.
The new system awards 25 points for finish first, 20 points for second, 15 points for third and 10 points for fourth, with points going 8-6-5-3-2-1 for fifth to tenth positions. The previous system had only awarded points for drivers finishing in the first eight spots.
“It’s a great idea,” current World Champion Jenson Button told BBC Radio 5. “It’s nice that you get five points over second for winning.
“That’s important because we all love winning races. I won six races this year and I got just two more points.”
The Times of London is reporting that Formula One is also introducing a stewarding system for 2010 designed to “de-politicize” the process of race decisions. There will now be a permanent panel made up of three Formula One officials and a former driver to make decisions. An additional panel made up of three former drivers will also be appointed to serve in an “advisory” role.
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