Flavio Briatore has admitted he is relieved that Bernie Ecclestone's 'winner takes all' scoring system is not already in place.

Flavio Briatore has admitted he is relieved that Bernie Ecclestone's 'winner takes all' scoring system is not already in place.

The Renault boss insists that, with four out of a possible 'gold medals' already in the bag, Jenson Button would seem a sure bet to become the 2009 world champion.

Under the existing points system, the Briton's advantage over teammate Rubens Barrichello is 14 points, followed 4 points later by the chasing Sebastian Vettel.

"Thank god we don't have the gold medals," Briatore said in an interview with Spain's Diario AS newspaper. "If we had that (system), he (Button) would almost be world champion."

However, the fact remains that, with only two points separating first and second places, Vettel could theoretically have to win the next seven races before he equalises Button's points tally.

But under the 'medals' regime, the German could peg his British rival with wins in the forthcoming Monaco, Turkish and British grands prix.

Bernie Ecclestone wants the World Motor Sport Council to vote again on his proposal at their October meeting.

 

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