F1 introduces new rules to make sport 'competitive'

Published: Dec 11, 2013, 00:49 IST | AFP |

F1's governing body has announced a series of changes aimed at making the motorsport more competitive and crowd-pleasing.

These include awarding double points for the final Grand Prix of the season, which next year takes place in Abu Dhabi on November 23, and a numbers identification system for drivers which they will retain throughout their career.

Sebastian Vettel
Reigning world champ Sebastian Vettel. Pic/Getty Images

There was also an agreement reached to bring in a long-discussed budget cap from the 2015 season although the final details of this have yet to be decided.

The decision to award double points, counting towards the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, at the final race of the season was made “to maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign”, according to a statement from the International Automobile Federation (FIA) after the meeting of its strategy group.

The move reduces the possibility of a championship being settled before the final race by increasing the number of points available to a driver from 25 to 50.

Two of the last four seasons have been settled with a number of races still remaining — Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won with five races to go in 2011 and with four left in 2013.

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