FIA introduces big changes including bespoke driver numbers and double points for final round

Formula One World Championship

Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula 1 Commission in Paris today, the following items have been unanimously approved by the sport’s governing body:

•    Cost cap

The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015. A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and team representatives. The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.

Pirelli 2013 tyre range was problematic

•    Pirelli Tyre test – Bahrain, 17-19 December, 2013

The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula 1 tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013. All Formula 1 teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.

•    Driver numbers

Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it. If more than one driver choses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship.

Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 31 October 2013.

•    Points for the last race

Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula 1 season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.

•    New penalties

The principle of a five-second penalty for minor infringements was agreed. In what form such a penalty will be applied will be discussed with Formula 1’s teams in order that a new regulation be introduced for 2014 season.

These changes are immediately applicable, given the mandate assigned to the FIA President at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting, held on 4 December in Paris. (FIA F1 Press Office)

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  • dc

    Double points is just stupid. I’m tired of this playing with points to spice up racing again!

  • dcloudy777

    How in the world could a cost cap possibly be enforced?

  • Dominic J

    Driver numbers and double points are both tacky gimmicks that take a chunk away from the sport. Good luck enforcing the cost cap, too.

  • Butterfly

    I sort of agree with drivers having well-known numbers. After all, it works in MotoGP, so why not F1? But the cost cap and the double-points ideas are just plain retarded.

    How is giving double-points gonna help? So the gap between first and second grows to 14 points instead of 7?

    Oh, boy. Well, the teams wanted Todt to decide stuff…

  • O’Ferrari


    Alonso would have been wdc in 2012 if the final round had double points.

  • dc

    O’ferraRi and Schumacher wouldn’t have won the 2003 championship so he’s only 6 time champ instead. .

  • 2232

    Drivers having their own career numbers is a great idea. Brings it up w/ most other motorsport categories. Not a fan of the double points though

  • captain tortuga

    the fixed drivernumber is mainly for the merchandisers very convenient i think. Still i don’t have any problem with that.

    on the double-points.. I’m a awaiting a ‘bonus-points-multiplier-system’ So win the race x1, take pole also x2, fastest lap in the bag? x3 … 2nd ‘grand-slam’ in a row? whammy point-bonus-multiplier x4!

    Where are Mario & Luigi?

  • hoho

    I think the numbers are great but nobody can use number 27, it is holy to me just like 46, 27, 58 and 93 in Motogp. The double points are just shite, if you have a Dnf in that race as a title contender. The old points system showed true champions.

  • Rick

    Massa would have been WDC in 2008 more than likely, also. This double points idea is utterly retarded! If they wish to shake up the order of the driver’s title, increase the points for 2nd place to 20, the same as MotoGP and perhaps follow their system of points? We all know it’s Vettel that wins every race anyway and this would give him a slightly lower chance of running away with the points, which he’ll eventually do anyway.

  • Jay

    This double points idea is NO GOOD and came out of nowhere!!! Where was the consultation with the fans on this??
    Vettel won 13 races this yr… doesn’t matter WHAT points you apply the championship still wouldn’t have been a contest.

    Argh.. Why not give 10 points for pole, 25 points for fastest lap and 100 points for the most amount of ice creams eaten during the weekend. What a bunch of BS

  • PB

    Double points – interesting. This is about the entry fees for the following year. The top team pays 6000 euro per point for entry to the following year, whilst other teams pay 5000 euro per point. FIA is the winner here.

    Cost reductions – this was tried in 2010 which is why HRT, Virgin Racing and then known as Lotus (now Caterham) entered the sport. Obviously the FIA could not control the cost factor then and will be in serious doubt for the future.

    Driver numbers – is this another revenue raising scheme where the driver purchases the number. Another gimmick to raise FIA revenues.

  • Dr. Azlan

    To stop teams from abandoning current year development at mid season, double points should be awarded for the last five or six races.

  • Kimi4WDC

    What a bunch of amateurs at FIA, they are as competent as politicians now days.

    What a waist, no wonder F1 is a mess and it only going to get worse….

    Seriously, do they ever step out from the paddock club when they come up with those things….

  • Jacko

    Here’s to hoping next year’s Yas Marina is red flagged before 75%.

  • the fan

    the FIA just missed one important rule change: get rid of those butter filled pirellis

  • McLarenfan

    What a load of *#ap the FIA are and have been since Jean took over money grabbing parasites more points in the final race = more cash for the FIA. Numbers = drivers pay for the number.
    Cost cutting so the regs change cost of R & D goes up price of Power Units rise how are costs to be capped with the FIA implementing 20 + million pound power units the Frickin Idiotic Assholes.

  • Butterfly


    Well, didn’t Todt say at one point that the FIA is the world’s biggest political party? He thinks of himself as a politician, clearly.

  • StevetheGreat

    Dumb and dumber.

  • Hawk

    funny @Jay

    and @Jacko.. lol.. that is world cup

  • David

    The FIA are unwittingly boosting interest in other forms of motor sport. How can a serious fan give F1 any credibility now? See you guys at Le Mans?

  • iceman 2.0

    F1 think tank feels playing around the points scoring system would spice things up. Instead a better option would be giving points for qualifying session too. Say some 5 points for P1 , 3 for P2 etc. Again some points like 2 points for the fastest lap and another 2 points for overtaking manoeuvres. Again extra points for gaining grid places e.g. 1 point for each 2 places gained.