New Formula 1 Points System Set To Be Scrapped

Alex CowleyCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

In a surprising turn of events, it has been recently announced that the new Formula 1 points system is likely to be deferred until 2010.

The system, which would decide the championship on the number of wins each driver took, has taken widespread criticism from drivers and fans alike. Current drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso have questioned the need to implement a new system when the old 10-8-6 points system has not caused any problems.

Even the likes of Michael Schumacher have been against the idea. It is believed that the decision was taken as a large number of teams protested, claiming that F would be preferred to keep the old system for 2009 and postponing the new win-based system until 2010.

This is an interesting turn of events, as it seemed that while initially the new system was seen to be a step backward, it was gaining support from both the drivers and public.

Mark Webber on was in favor of the system, while this writer wrote an article about the merits of such a system as well.

However, it seems that overwhelming opposition has finally pushed the FIA to scrapping the system until 2010 at least. At the moment, it seems that F1 will go back to the old points system, at least for this year.

Note: To see my article on meriting the new points system follow this link -