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Last Updated: Monday, 12 March 2007, 15:54 GMT
Ecclestone planning points change
Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone wants to see drivers fight for top spot on the podium
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone wants to make changes to the sport's points-scoring system for 2008.

The current format awards 10 points for a win, eight for second, down to one for eighth, but Ecclestone wants to give more points to the race winner.

"With second place getting eight points it is not right that the winner takes only 10," said Ecclestone, who introduced the current system in 2003.

"For 2008 I will propose a change. The guy who wins more should be champion."

Before Ecclestone's overhaul in 2003, the winning driver was awarded 10 points with second given six, and only the top six drivers getting amongst the scoring.

The F1 chief was prompted to close the gap and spread the points out after Michael Schumacher won the 2002 drivers championship by 67 points from Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello, prompting calls to make the competition fairer.

Now Ecclestone wants to reverse that decision in order to encourage drivers to fight for first place rather than settle for second.

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