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Radical F1 plan would only reward winners

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  • F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone floats radical idea for next season's championship
  • Ecclestone wants title decided by driver winning most races not on overall points
  • Idea is unlikely to find favor with the smaller teams in Formula One
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(CNN) -- Bernie Ecclestone is proposing a radical change to next season's Formula One world championship that would see the title awarded to the driver winning the most races.

Massa (left) and Hamilton had a titanic battle for this year's world championship title.

The Formula One chief said he came up with the idea after McLaren's Lewis Hamilton clinched this year's championship by finishing fifth in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton pipped Ferrari rival Felipe Massa by a single point, but under the system being put forward by Ecclestone, the Brazilian would have won the title with six wins against five by the Briton.

"It's just not on that someone can win the world championship without trying to win the race," he told the Associated Press.

Ecclestone is confident his plans will be approved by motorsport world governing body FIA next month.

Do you agree with Ecclestone's F1 plans ?

"It's going to happen," Ecclestone said. "All the teams are happy. The reason this happens is that I get fed up with people talking about no overtaking."

Under the current system, the winner of each grand prix race earns 10 points in the championship standings, with second place worth eight points and third place worth six. Each of the top eight drivers in every race earn points.

Ecclestone's plans would only award gold, silver and bronze medals at each race, similar to the Olympic Games.

Although the new system is designed to add to the drama of F1, Hamilton's title win featured one of the most exciting ever finishes to a season.

Hamilton managed to overtake German Timo Glock on the final corner at Interlagos to become F1's youngest ever world champion.

The medal system will be discussed by FIA at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monaco on December 12.

Former Jordan team boss Eddie Jordan said he did not believe the teams were in favor of the change, arguing that smaller outfits would race for little reward, with the likes of Ferrari and McLaren dominating.

"The points are necessary," Jordan told BBC Radio Five Live.

"One point to a team down there is as important as a win is to the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, and we must never forget that. Having been in that position, two points against no points is a huge difference.

"Drivers like Massa, who started at the very bottom and worked his way up, know how important those points are at the back of the field."

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