Formula 1 will introduce a new points system from 2010 after the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the F1 Commission's proposal to award points to the top 10 finishers in each race.
A statement from today's meeting of the World Council said: "Due to the expanded grid of 13 teams, and further to the recommendation of the F1 Commission, a new points system will be in place for the 2010 season."
The new system will award points in the following order: 25-20-15-10-8-6-5-3-2-1.
The change was proposed to take into account the increased field for 2010, when the addition of the new entrants will take the grid up to 26 cars - its highest figure since 1995.
It is the first amendment since the current system came into force in 2003.