Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he welcomed formula one teams' proposal to alter the points system.

Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he welcomed formula one teams' proposal to alter the points system.

At Thursday's FOTA press conference in Geneva, the body revealed it will push for grand prix winners to be awarded 12 points from 2009, three more than second place.

"All audiences ... want winning grands prix to count for more than it does currently," a statement confirmed.

Currently, winners get 10 points, just two more than his closest opponent.

F1 chief executive's more radical proposal, voted down by the teams and the governing FIA, was for an Olympic Games-style 'medals' system, with the winner of the most gold medals crowned champion.

FOTA is yet to discuss its proposal with Max Mosley, but Ecclestone on Friday indicated he backs the idea.

"It's similar to my proposal with the medals," the 78-year-old is quoted as saying by the German news agency SID.

"All I want is that the driver with the most wins - not the one with lots of second places - is the world champion," Ecclestone added.

As with the 'medals' system, Felipe Massa instead of Lewis Hamilton would have won the 2008 title under the FOTA points regime.

 

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