March 20, 2009

Remember That New Format For The Driver's Championship? (UPDATED), not so much, apparently.  Earlier today, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) filed an official protest with the FIA, saying in effect "we all really hate this idea, and you've got lugnuts for brains if you think we're going to stand for it."

The FIA, showing how much backbone they have, immediately caved in, saying "...if, for any reason, the Formula One teams do not now agree with the new system, its implementation will be deferred until 2010."

At which point, the FIA will try to screw the sport up again, and with any luck they won't have bribed Ferrari to accept the format by then... but for now, it's back to the points system.

Which is the right way to do it, of course.  You can discuss how much a win is worth, and how much second is worth, and so forth (FOTA suggested 12-9-6-5-4-3-2-1 earlier, instead of 10-8-6-etc etc, which I'm fine with), but it's clear that the points system works.  Why screw with it?

Oh, right... to let Ferrari win.

UPDATE: It turns out the FIA was violating their own rules by imposing their "solution"!  Article 199 of the International Sporting Regulations reads:
"Changes to sporting rules and to all regulations other than those referred to in b) above are published at least 20 days prior to the opening date for entry applications for the championship concerned, but never later than 30 November each year."

So nearly four months late.  And THIS is the organization in charge?

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1 Well, it was an emergency! Ferrari didn't win!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 21, 2009 11:37 AM (+rSRq)

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