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F1 winners and losers under new system

March 18, 2009

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Lewis Hamilton would still be chasing his first Formula One crown instead of starting the season as youngest champion if the new system of deciding the title on race wins had been in force before this year.

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    The sport's governing body said Tuesday this season's title would go to the driver who won most races, even if another scored more points over the 17-race championship starting in Australia next week.

    In the case of a draw, total points rather than second places will decide the outcome.

    Image: Lewis Hamilton poses with the FIA F1 World Championship trophy during the 2008 FIA Prize Giving gala in Monaco on December 12, 2008.

    Photographs and Text: Reuters

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