The FIA have announced a pole position trophy will be introduced to F1 in 2014
Governing body as reveal driver numbers to be awarded by ballot
By William Esler. Last Updated: 13/12/13 10:52am
The FIA have announced a new qualifying trophy will be introduced in 2014 and awarded to the driver that takes the most pole positions throughout the season.
Sebastian Vettel would have eased to the prize in 2013 with nine pole positions to the five of Lewis Hamilton, but should two drivers find themselves tied next year, then the number of second places and so forth will be taken into account to find a winner.
The Article 6.7 of the updated 2014 F1 Sporting Regulations reads: "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."
The revisions are part of a number of changes proposed by the sport's governing body which include double points for the season finale and permanent driver numbers.
The drivers will now be required to display their number on their crash helmet, whilst it also appears they will no longer be given free choice of the digits they would like.
"Prior to the start of the 2014 World Championship season race numbers will be permanently allocated to drivers by ballot, such numbers must then be used by that driver during every
Formula One World Championship Event he takes part in throughout his career," according to Article 21.2 of the Sporting Regulations.
"Any new drivers, either at the start of or during a season, will also be allocated a permanent number in the same way.
"The only exception to this allocation process will be for the reigning World Champion who will have the option to use the number one. The number that was previously allocated to him will be reserved for him in subsequent seasons if he does not retain the title of World Champion."