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Jordan: New points a bad idea

Eddie Jordan has admitted he regrets pushing for the changes to the Formula 1 points system that were designed to help Grand Prix racing's smaller teams. The revised scoring scheme has ultimately cost his team four places in the title chase.

Under the old regime, Jordan would have finished fifth overall on 10 points - ahead of Sauber, BAR, Toyota, Jaguar and Minardi. But with the new system, it ended the campaign back in ninth, with 13 points.

Jordan only had one major points haul this season - Giancarlo Fisichella's win in Brazil. Ultimately it was the greater reward for places down to eighth position this year that helped rival teams stop Jordan getting fifth place on the strength on one victory.

"It was my idea to change the points," said Jordan. "I thought it was a fairer way of distributing them. I was delighted when they were accepted, but now I feel pretty sick. It has cost us a bucket full of dosh. I'll keep my clever ideas to myself in future."

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