Most wins doesn’t win

Lewis HamiltonPoints? Medals? Both? Neither? What in the name of James Hunt is going on with F1′s scoring scheme?
 
The FIA has now scrapped the ‘most wins wins’ system announced just last Tuesday, following a backlash from the Formula One Teams’ Association.
 
On Friday, FOTA issued a statement questioning the validity of the changes to the scoring system, arguing that any such move must have their unanimous support. The FIA then offered to scrap the new system for this year, but Bernie Ecclestone insisted that the ‘winner takes all’ scheme will be introduced in 2010.
 
“It will be supported by the FIA and it will be in the regulations,” Bernie told BBC’s Radio 5 Live. “So when people enter the championship, that’s what the regulation will be.”
 
Bernie also gave a completely rational and in no way highly disingenuous account of why the new scheme will be an improvement. “It’s logic – you go to the athletics and you look at the 100 metres, you’re not looking at the guy that’s second, you’re looking at the winner,” he said. “In most sports, people are looking at winners.”
 
We’re not even going to begin to pick the holes in that argument – hell, you can do that in those lovely comment boxes below.
 
For now, though, we’re definitely back to the old points system for this year. At least, we probably are. Maybe. Hell, it’s not like we’re only a week away from the first race, is it?

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