Double points introduced for season finale; driver numbers confirmed

By on Monday, December 9, 2013
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The FIA has announced that double points will be awarded during the final race of the season, effective from the start of 2014.

The resulting changes means that 50 points will be allocated to the winner of the final round of 2014, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, rather than the usual 25.

'Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign', read an FIA statement.

Driver numbers have also been introduced, allowing each racer free choice of number for the remainder of their careers in the sport.

'Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it', continued the statement.

'If more than one driver chooses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship.'

A global cost cap has also been adopted, which will be applied from January 2015.

'The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015', continued the statement.

'A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and Team representatives.'

'The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.'

The principle of five second penalties has also been introduced, with its application to be discussed in the future.

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