Sebastian Vettel would still have a real chance of winning the 2009 title had F1's points system changed prior to the start of the season.

Sebastian Vettel would still have a real chance of winning the 2009 title had F1's points system changed prior to the start of the season.

That is the claim of Bernie Ecclestone, who failed to have his desired 'medals' scoring system introduced for this year due to a lack of support by the teams.

To Germany's Auto Bild, the F1 chief executive said that with the current 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points scoring system, Red Bull's Vettel is "too far behind" to mount a challenge to Jenson Button's 23-point lead in the remaining seven races of 2009.

"If the medals system that I proposed would be in (effect) now, he (Vettel) would still be in the title fight," 78-year-old Ecclestone said.

The Briton's reasoning is that, even if Vettel is unbeaten for the remainder of the season, Button could finish the races in second place and still comfortably be champion.

If the number of wins was the decisive tally, however, Vettel would be trailing Button by a factor of four 'gold medals'.

Ecclestone added: "I think Vettel is capable of five more victories, but with these stupid points (system) it's not going to be enough."

 

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