Let’s take it slow, first of all, yesterday news broke of the new scoring system (check the post below this one for more) and there was some mixed reactions throughout the paddock.
Our buddy Jenson Button said that the new system to be confusing for fans, and that the new rules are “an incentive to always go for the win” but added that it could “be risky because, after nine races, we could find ourselves with a driver that has already won the title while the guy who’s second is only 18 points behind”.
While one of the proponents of the rules, Bernie Ecclestone said that the idea behind this changes is to “get the drivers racing and the guy running second has a reason to go for the win instead of just saynd that ‘it’s only 2 more points’ that’s the real motivation to get past someone”.
Also, we found out today that long time Ferrari team principal Jean Todt is leaving the team, resigning not only from his position as team principal but also from his spot on the team’s board of directors. Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo had this to say about Todt:
“Jean Todt has been one of the leading protagonists of the Ferrari story of the last 15 years, skill and passion have always characterised his work and have won him my persona respect and affection, the one of the Company as a whole and of the Prancing Horse enthusiasts everywhere. I would like to wish him the very best for the future which I hope will prove extremely satisfying both personally and professionally. All of these years we’ve spent together – victories and tough times included – have forged a link between Jean Todt and Ferrari that will never be broken.”
And finally, Renault confirms that they will have their variant of the KERS system in place on both its cars at Melbourne, as will Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber.