Mosley says public must decide on medals

FIA president Max Mosley thinks it would be wrong to change Formula One's points system unless the public support the move - even though he admits introducing the current structure was a 'mistake.'

Mosley says public must decide on medals

Motor racing's governing body announced on Friday that it would begin a market research campaign about whether fans support changes being made to the format of grand prix weekends - including Bernie Ecclestone's radical idea for an Olympics-style medal system replacing the current points setup.

And although Mosley concedes that the current 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format is not ideal, he thinks it wrong simply to overhaul the regulations for the sake of it.

"We'll make a market survey and decide based on the results," Mosley told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Extending the points-paying positions to the top eight by reducing the difference between first and second was a mistake, but I'm against changing the points system too often. It disorientates people."

Mosley admits that he was against the teams' decision to ban refuelling from 2010, but thinks there will still be plenty of excitement without them.

"I was against banning them because in my opinion they were part of the show," he said. "However tyre changes will stay, so it will be exciting to see who will be the quickest at it.

"Also, I trust technology to avoid, like what happened in the eighties, of drivers avoiding fighting in the first part of the race to save their brakes and tyres."

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