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Formula 1

F1 delays final decision over revamped points system

A meeting of the F1 Commission did not come to a final decision, with more time needed to evaluate the changes.

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A decision over the proposed revamped points system in Formula 1 has been deferred following a meeting of the F1 Commission.

The panel, made up of the Commercial Rights Holder, the FIA and the 10 teams, met on Thursday to discuss plans to freshen-up the points system with the top 12 being awarded points.

The vote would need support from five of the current teams to pass, before it could be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for final ratification, but the body could not come to a final decision.

RacingNews365 understands that a final decision has been postponed to the next Commission meeting in July before the summer break, so that further analysis of the proposals can be undertaken.

The idea has come about amid concerns that the smaller five teams are unable to fight for points, with the big five - Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Aston Martin expected to fill out the current points positions on any given weekend.

After the first five rounds of the 2024 season, RB has seven points, Haas five whilst Williams, Alpine and Stake are all yet to score.

In other Commission news, Formula One Management (FOM) is to present dates for proposed 2025 pre-season testing, whilst rear-facing cameras will be introduced to cars from the Spanish Grand Prix.

Elsewhere, minor tweaks to Sporting and Financial Regulations were approved.

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When exclusively questioned by RacingNews365 on the proposed changes, RB team principal Laurent Mekies was keen for the change to be made.

"We think it's fundamentally correct to do that," he explained.

"There are no back markers anymore. You have 10 very strong teams, with the five at the front flying, and you have six OEMs plus Red Bull Racing, so that's seven top teams, if you want to call them that.

"Then you have a mega-fight every race weekend in the bottom half of the grid between these other five teams, including OEMs.

"So for us, pole position is P11. A race win is P11 because the reliability of the cars is fantastic. The top five teams are finishing pretty much every race."

Meanwhile, Red Bull boss Christian Horner added that he was 'ambivalent' towards the proposed changes.

"It's one of those things where you just have to run the numbers and look at the analytics and ask 'What would it change?'," he said.

"So I'm impartial to it. Unless, of course, you're paying points money."

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