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More trouble brewing in F1


MOTOR-RACING-PRIX/Even in the often bizarre world of Formula One, this week’s points system controversy takes a bit of explaining.

Ultimately, inevitably it all comes down to politics.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) wanted to show the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) who called the shots while the teams were determined to demonstrate their own new-found unity and leadership.

So we now have a situation, at least as far as deciding the championship is concerned, where there has been a lot of indignation and hot air but nothing has actually changed from last season.

That is pretty much what the FIA wanted in the first place, embarrassing climbdown or no.

F1 set to put brakes on new scoring system


MOTOR RACING/MASSAFormula One looks set to ditch controversial plans to award the championship to the driver who wins most races after the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) performed a late U-turn on Friday.

“If, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010,” the FIA said in a statement.

Winner Takes It All in F1



This year’s Formula One title will go to the driver who wins the most races rather than the most points.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Tuesday it had agreed to the proposal from Formula One Management to introduce the system.

A Formula One starter for 10. Or should that be 12?


hamiltonHow many points will go to the winner of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix?

The season-opening race in Melbourne is less than two weeks away now but we still don’t know the absolute answer to what is after all a fairly straightforward question.

To be sure, we will have to wait until the governing International Automobile Federation’s world motor sport council meets on Tuesday.