New rule testing Montezemolo's patience

The change to the Formula One points system is a mistake according to Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and will no doubt be changed again when it's realized. The new system will close the gap between the top points scorers as, in future, a...

The change to the Formula One points system is a mistake according to Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and will no doubt be changed again when it's realized. The new system will close the gap between the top points scorers as, in future, a win will still gain ten points but second place will be awarded eight, as opposed to the former six points. This makes it less likely that one driver can forge too far ahead of competitors.

Di Montezemolo is not happy with the new system and his patience is wearing a little thin: "Formula One seems to be going around in circles," he remarked. "This (points system) was changed to avoid that someone could win the championship without ever winning a single race. The difference between in points between first and second place is too little. Shortly someone will understand it's a mistake and will change it again. I have a lot of patience, and I hope to have some more in the future."

Ferrari finished this season with more points in the Constructors' championship than the rest of the teams put together and 129 points clear of second placed Williams. Michael Schumacher won the driver's title with an advantage of 67 points over team mate Rubens Barrichello. The new points allocation should see the large gap between teams and drivers diminish but it's doubtful it will make much of a difference to Ferrari overall.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Luca di Montezemolo
Teams Ferrari , Williams