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GP Week : Issue 73
F1 NEWS >> He's got more points than any other driver in the sport, but Michael Schumacher isn't concerned that the new points system -- 25 ,18,15,12,10,8,6,4,3,2,1 (it's going to take a while to get the hang of this) -- is going to see his record eroded by lesser drivers. "It's certainly a little bit fairer, I think, in a way that if you have somebody who wins most of the races, naturally you will most likely say that he is going to be the champion by the end of the year, rather than somebody there just sitting, waiting and taking second and third places and suddenly being world champion. "I don't think that makes much sense, as it has been in past years." Michael was never one to cruise and collect, and suggests the old scoring system -- which rewarded consistency over wins and spins -- was introduced in order to curb his lead. "Actually I think I was the reason it was implemented, the small gaps, because I was winning so much and nobody could find a way to stop that. I think it's absolutely correct, the way it is now." Schumi added eight points to his collection in Bahrain. Now he's on 1,377. Rubens Barrichello is ranked fourth in the all-time greats on 608, just six points behind Ayrton Senna. Fernando Alonso looks set to leapfrog both Brazilians this year, as the 25 points he won on Sunday push him to a total of 602. Sadly, with a new scoring system, such comparisons are worthless. Schumi knows the score ... ... and likes the new points system Prost, Hill appointed as rst driver Stewards reps -- more to come THE FIA is to appoint a former F1 driver to the stewarding panel at all races, in a move that will bring greater insight when judging controversial incidents. Alain Prost, left, filled the role in Bahrain and received vocal support from the current drivers. Speaking to GP Week, Rubens Barrichello said he was "honoured" to race under Alain's watchful eye: "It will give us more consistency. I think his opinions will be straightforward. It makes me feel old, though, because I raced with him!" This is all great news, of course, unless your name is 'Senna'... Joking aside, Damon Hill -- who will be a steward in Monaco and another race this year -- told GP Week the appointments are most sensible: "If you're concerned about the way that decisions are made in the sport, then there's a good opportunity now for drivers to play a part in how those decisions come about." As for socking it to Schumi, Damon says he's a grown up: "It's really is important to be impartial and to think of the sport first, and how the sport appears to the world. It's central to the value of the sport."