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Formula 1 will introduce a new points system from 2010 after the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the F1 Commission's proposal to award points to the top 10 finishers in each race.

A statement from today's meeting of the World Council said: "Due to the expanded grid of 13 teams, and further to the recommendation of the F1 Commission, a new points system will be in place for the 2010 season."

The new system will award points in the following order: 25-20-15-10-8-6-5-3-2-1.

The change was proposed to take into account the increased field for 2010, when the addition of the new entrants will take the grid up to 26 cars - its highest figure since 1995.

It is the first amendment since the current system came into force in 2003.


I think this is a good idea, with 26 cars on the grid next year it just makes sense.
I think they went a little nuts on the points on the top end but I like the idea.

I would've done more like... 20-15-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1

EDIT: Actually it sounds like whoever did this new system really did their homework:

Under the 2010 system, the result of this year's championship would have been exactly the same...
The close finishes of 2007 and 2008 would have retained the same order under the new system...
The close finish of 2003 would also have produced the same result, with Michael Schumacher beating Raikkonen 225 to 221...
In fact, you'd have to go back to 1999 to find the first change of place. Under the 2010 system, Eddie Irvine would have beaten Mika Hakkinen to the title 230 to 218. But Irvine would also have won that title under the 2003-2009 system.
Dr. Strangelove
I think 1st should have been like 25. I agree with Bernie on this one, I want the 1st place prize to be a bigger reward. Look at the finish in Abu dhabi this year. Button wouldn't have pushed for that 1st place position if he were still fighting for the championship. He would have just chilled out and taken the points. But he chose not to. Instead he pushed and we got a race out of it.
Well, as the Autosport article in Clarma's post already explained, the results of the last 10 years wouldn't be different. Looking at only the last race is a bit skewed, because if the scoring was according to the new system for the full season, the resulting differences before the Abu Dhabi race would probably be comparable to what is was now (hence, the same tactics by Button, and the other drivers)
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