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Massa supports F1 points U-turn

Ferrari's Felipe Massa
Massa would have won the drivers title in 2008 under the proposed new rules

Ferrari's Felipe Massa has backed the decision to defer the controversial "winner takes all" points system in F1.

Governing body the FIA had planned to award the title to the driver with most wins but was forced to postpone the plan after protests from F1 teams.

Massa, who would have won the title last season under the system, said: "To assign the title to the driver who wins the most races is not correct.

"We've 17 races in the championship. It's not the Olympics 100m sprint."

Massa won six races last year, one more than champion Lewis Hamilton, but lost the title by one point under the existing system.

But he said: "I'm really not interested in the fact that with such a system I would have won the title last year. I'm interested in what's right for our sport."

He added it was more important to reward consistency over the course of the season.

"A driver might win more races, but might be inconsistent in his performance not gaining many points. In this case I think he wouldn't deserve the title."

I'm really not interested in whether I would have won the title last year. I'm interested in what's right for our sport.

Felipe Massa

Massa is in favour of the Formula One Teams Association (Fota) proposal which would see the top three drivers in each race get 12-9-7 points instead of the current 10-8-6.

This idea was unanimously rejected by the World Motor Sport Council who look likely to push ahead with plans to introduce the 'winner takes all' system in 2010.

"If the FIA didn't like this idea, it's better to remain with last year's system. But if the difference between first and second place was greater there would be a greater stimulus to fight for the win, but you would still have to be consistent throughout the season."

Red Bull driver Mark Webber agrees with the need to reward drivers who perform well across the whole season and points to BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica as a good example.

BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica was in the driver's title race but he only won one Grand Prix

The Polish driver's consistently strong points-scoring performances meant he was still in the running for the title with two races to go despite his single victory.

Webber said: "Robert Kubica would have been nowhere near the championship last year, and do you want that?"

"Robert drove awesome last year and he would have been nowhere near the title hunt with these regulations."

He added: "You could have the world champion making more mistakes than the guy who is second.

"Whether consistency makes a better driver, or the driver who wins more races is better than the guy who is more competitive at more races throughout the season, is a matter of opinion."

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