21 Mar 2009

New F1 winners system likely to be deferred

1:02 pm on 21 March 2009

Formula One's governing body says it's prepared to defer to 2010 a controversial new system awarding the drivers' championship to whoever wins most races.

The FIA says if, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010.

Earlier the Formula One Teams' Association had accused the FIA of acting outside the rules when it decided to change the points scoring system at a meeting in Paris earlier this week.

The Teams Association says the teams had unanimously agreed to question the validity of this decision.

The FIA said the 'winner takes all' proposal, which was subsequently approved, had been put forward by commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone after he told the sport's governing body the teams were in favour of it.

The Teams Association says teams were prepared to work with the FIA to devise a new system for the 2010 season.