New F1 pole trophy up for grabs starting in 2014

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In an updated edition of its 2014 sporting regulations, the FIA confirmed that drivers will now compete for a pole position trophy throughout the Formula One World Championship.

Regarding the new award, the regulations state the following:

“A trophy will be awarded to the driver who sets the most pole positions during the championship season (see Article 36.2). In the event of a tie the holder of the greatest number of second places will be taken into account and, if there is still the tie, the holder of the greatest number of third places and so on until a winner emerges.

“If this procedure fails to produce a result, the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit.”

Also, the new permanent numbers that will be chosen by each driver must now be visible on their helmets as well. The new numbers will be allocated to drivers by ballot, and as mentioned earlier, the World Champion will retain the right to use No. 1.

Should said World Champion fail to keep his title, the FIA says that “the number that was previously allocated to him will be reserved for him in subsequent seasons.”

The regulations also featured details of the points system for 2014, which will have double points awarded at the season finale for both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships:

  • 1st: 25 points
  • 2nd: 18 points
  • 3rd: 15 points
  • 4th: 12 points
  • 5th: 10 points
  • 6th: 8 points
  • 7th: 6 points
  • 8th: 4 points
  • 9th: 2 points
  • 10th: 1 point

Additionally, a penalty points system for drivers was included in the regulations. Should drivers gain 12 penalty points in the span of a year for mistakes made on track, they will be banned for one race.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.