Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says he is confident his proposal to change the scoring system for the world drivers' championship will be implemented for the 2009 season.

On Wednesday, he said that he expects the World Motorsport governing body, FIA, to ratify his plan at its meeting in December.

Ecclestone wants to change the current points system to a medals system, where the driver who wins the most races wins the championship title.  The Formula One boss said he was moved to act after British driver Lewis Hamilton clinched this year's title by finishing fifth at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Under the current system, drivers score points for the top eight positions.  Ecclestone's plan would see gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded for the top three positions, with the championship going to the driver who won the most races during the season.

Currently, the winner of each Grand Prix race earns 10 points in the championship standings, with second place worth eight points and third place worth six.  Each of the top eight drivers earns points.
If the proposed medal system was applied retroactively, there would be as many as 12 different winners in the 58-year history of the championship.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP