New 2010 points system for F1

Claire Edwards

The FIA has announced a new points system for the 2010 Formula One season.

Don't worry though; Bernie hasn't got his own way with the "most wins" idea. This time the points will be awarded for the top ten positions as follows; 1st – 25 points, 2nd – 18 points, 3rd – 15 points and then 12-10-8-6-4-2-1. The FIA hopes the new points system will encourage racing to win.

Along with a fresh points system, the teams will also have to contend with new tyre rules. Drivers will now have to start the race on the same tyres that their grid times were set during qualifying.

Other developments include the banning of double diffusers in 2011. Although it doesn't apply to year's racing, teams are still being wilfully vague about the rear of their 2010 cars, leading to fears that this season could herald a new row about diffusers. Watch this space.