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GP Week : Issue 38
, but what do the drivers think? > F1NEWS> T HE way in which the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship is set to be decided from 2010 has divided opinion within the sport. The FIA World Motor Sport Council initially announced that the 2009 world championship was to be decided solely on the basis of race wins, but the method by which the change was made went against the FIA’s own regulations and as such has been deferred until 2010. The change drew almost unanimous derision from the current crop of F1 drivers. Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and two-time title winner Fernando Alonso found a rare moment sharing common ground in dismissing the system as a poor decision. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, rarely one to be outspoken, also expressed his disappointment in the change. Jody Scheckter, who won his Formula 1 world title 30 years ago this year told GPWeek that he agreed with his fellow world champions: “I think it’s a stupid idea. The FIA has always pushed for their own thing, and what they think is right, and they have always banged on at some of the teams arguing against each other. It has always happened and then they just did what they wanted to. “If you’re fighting for second and third, you’ll let the guy go. You won’t even race him. Why would you waste your time? It may make the last laps or wins a little bit more dramatic, but everything else becomes irrelevant.” Fellow F1 world champion, and A1GP seat holder, Emerson Fittipaldi, however, believes that the change is a good idea: “I think it is fair and number one should always be number one,”he told GPWeek. “It’s a formula with a set of rules and teams will have to make calculations and strategy based on the rules. It will encourage people to go for the win so people will have to take more risks. Strategy will be different and it should make the racing more exciting. For sure I would have liked to win a title like that.” Sir Stirling Moss, who many rate as the greatest driver never to have won the title, would have been crowned world champion in 1958 under the new system, winning four races in the season to Tony Brooks’ three. Under the 1958 system however, it was Mike Hawthorn who took the championship. In spite of this, Sir Stirling believes that the new 2010 system has not gone far enough. “I think the gold, silver and bronze medals would have been a good idea,”he told GPWeek, “but we need points as well. Ideally I would like the addition of a point for pole and one for fastest lap.” “No system is infallible,”he concluded. “I am happy now and I never won the championship. But titles don’t necessarily make a champion.”