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F1 to award double points for last race
F1 to award double points for last race of the season, drivers to have permanent numbers
Associated Press
2013-12-10 03:42 AM

PARIS (AP) -- Formula One will award double points for the last race of the season from next year, while drivers will be given permanent numbers as part of a series of rule changes announced on Monday.

Governing body FIA said in a statement that doubling the points for drivers and teams in the last race on the calendar will "maximize focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign," as it becomes less likely that the title will already be decided.

This year, Sebastian Vettel locked up his fourth straight driver's title with three races to go.

Drivers will also be allowed to choose a number to put on their cars for their entire career, unlike the current system where last year's team placings determine the numbers. The reigning champion will still be given No. 1.

A cost cap for teams will also be introduced from 2015.

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