December 9th, 2013 (F1plus/J. Leslie).- After a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris, permanent driver numbers and double points for the season finale have been given the thumbs up.
Drivers will carry the same number throughout their F1 career unless they win the world title, where they will receive the number one - although they can choose not to use it. A similar system is currently used in other motorsport series like MotoGP.
Numbers are currently assigned according to where their team finished in the constructors' standings.
A statement released by the FIA detailing the changes said: "Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula One World Championship.
"Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it. If more than one driver chooses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship."
Another change that will come into effect in 2014 will be double points for the season finale. The calendar was confirmed last week and will end on the 23rd November at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
For the final race of the year, 50 points will be awarded to the winner with 36 for second and so on. "Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign," said the FIA.
The statement also confirmed that a three-day Pirelli tyre test will take place from 17-19 December in Bahrain. All 11 teams were invited to the test and six accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.
The statement said the F1 Commission agreed to change the 2013 Sporting Regulations on "safety grounds."
Elsewhere, a global cost cap will come into force from January 2015. "The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted," continued the statement. "A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and Team representatives.
"The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014."
The application of a five-second penalty will be discussed in the future, although it was agreed by the Strategy Group and F1 Commission.
The FIA confirmed that all the ideas above were unanimously approved during the meeting.