25 Mar 2009

FIA confirms F1 points system remains unchanged

7:03 pm on 25 March 2009

Formula One's governing body has confirmed that the 2009 drivers' championship will be decided by the same points system as last year rather than awarding it to the winner of most races.

The International Automobile Federation says race winner will get 10 points with the rest allocated in a sequence of 8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

The FIA had triggered a controversy last week when it announced the title would go to the winner of most races, even if someone else scored more points.

The governing body then backtracked at the weekend, agreeing to postpone any change to 2010 if teams did not agree with the new system.

They had accused the FIA of ignoring the rules by imposing a change without the unanimous agreement of all competitors in the championship, which starts in Melbourne on Sunday.