F1 points row is embarrassing say Ferrari

The row over the points system for this season's Formula One championship is embarrassing, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has said.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said last week that the winner of the most races would take this season's drivers' title but then appeared to perform a U-turn after pressure from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA).

FOTA wanted a grand prix winner to receive 12 points instead of 10 and now it appears that last year's points system will remain.

"It seems embarrassing to me what has happened in the last few days," Domenicali told Monday's Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We wanted a bigger difference between the winner and the others, instead it stays like 2008. We have to have patience."

A row over diffusers is also brewing before Sunday's season-opening race in Australia.

FIA president Max Mosley expects teams to protest the rear diffusers on the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams cars.

"We are convinced that certain interpretations that have been applied do not correspond to the nature of the rules," Domenicali said.

"There needs to be a great sense of responsibility on everyone's part. I hope this issue can be resolved quickly."

Ferrari's Felipe Massa, runner-up by a point to Lewis Hamilton last year, is favourite this season but Domenicali thinks 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen can make a comeback. "I see him motivated and thinner, three kilos they tell me. He knows that for him, as a Ferrari driver and as a man, it will be an important season. He is intelligent enough to understand it," Domenicali said.

The Ferrari boss added that the team would almost certainly use the new KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) in all races this season and tipped former Ferrari chief Jean Todt as a successor to Mosley at the FIA.

He said he did not expect a big increase in overtaking despite new rules and feared there could be more crashes because of wider front wings.