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FIA introduces pole position trophy

Friday 13-December-2013 06:47

Sebastian Vettel is probably rubbing his hands with glee ahead of the new season as he can now officially challenge for the pole position trophy.

As of the 2014 campaign, the FIA will award a trophy for the driver who qualifies on the front row of the grid the most times during the season. Should two drivers be tied at the end of the year then the award will go to the person with the most second places.

If a countback fails to separate the two drivers then "the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit".

Four-time World Champion Vettel, who is once again odds-on favouite with Paddy Power to win the 2014 title, would've won the award in four of the last five seasons with Lewis Hamilton claiming the trophy in 2012.

Motorsport's governing body added the new feature to its sporting regulations, which was posted on the website, and you can bet on the 2014 Championship and more at Paddy Power.

The penalty-points system also comes into effect next year and drivers will receive a race ban if they get to 12 points during the season.

"Penalty points will remain on a driver's Super Licence for a period of 12 months after which they will be respectively removed on the 12-month anniversary of their imposition," the FIA said.

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