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FIA decide championship is based on wins // Some very late decisions are made before the season gets going

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This is F1Minute and it’s the 17th March.

The FIA have announced some late changes to the 2009 season, with the points system being the biggest overhaul. Rather than relying solely on points, the Driver’s championship will be decided purely on wins. A driver with 8 wins will beat a driver with 7 at the end of the season. If they have the same number of wins, then it will revert to the points – which also remain in place for the constructor’s title.

The FIA have also mandated that drivers must make themselves available for media interviews after pretty much every session, and they’ve introduced an allowance for 8 one day straight line tests between the start of the year and the end of the season. FOTA have issued a simple statement of their disappointment at the one-sided decision making.

Meanwhile, testing continued in Jerez, although completely overshadowed. Button returned to the top of the timesheets, whilst Hamilton and McLaren remained at the bottom.

That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.