Changes in the point system in Formula 1 2010 Season
Posted on January 28, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
Just a few days ago the SWG (Sporting Working Group) had suggested an additional change on the current point system with a change in the number of points awarded for finishing on the second position from 20 points to 18 points. If you have been following F1 news and standing you have probably read that this year Formula 1 has adopted a new point system that awards the winner with 25 points, the second position with 20, the third with 15 points, the fourth with 10, the fifth with 8, the sixth with 6, the seventh finishing position with 5 points, 3 points for those who finish the race at eight position, 2 points for the ninth position and 1 point for the tenth position.
They believe that by subtracting two points from the second position will manage to add more value to the race winner and it will increase the gap between second and third position. Red Bull’s Christian Horner stated that this is a positive step forward but he believes that the margin should be even bigger in order to add further motivation for the first place. SWG have also suggested in an earlier meeting that pole position and fastest lap should be awarded with additional points but currently this proposal was overruled by the FIA.
Other changes for the Formula 1 2010 season are in regards to tyres rules as F1 teams have agreed that drivers that qualified in the top ten positions will start the race with the same type of tyres they used in their qualifying round; additionally this year refueling is not permitted during the race and that adds a very strategic element to the sport as all cars will carry heavy fuel load upon starting the race so cars using the soft compound in order to achieve better qualifying times will have to face the fact that in the race those tyres will wear out much more quickly than the hard compound tyres forcing them for an additional pit stop than all the rest; each pit stop needs around 25 seconds to be completed.
However, this proposition needs further explanation as it hasn’t been announced what happens when the track is wet on the race day or if it starts raining during the race. We expect that the teams will be allowed to change to wet type, which makes weather forecast before a race more important than ever. Both changes need the authorization by the F1 Commission and the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.
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