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Strategy Group propose ideas

A number of intriguing ideas have been put forward for discussion at the next Formula 1's Strategy Group meeting.

The idea's aren't significant in the great scheme of high profile and usually highly technical regulation changes. But are very visual, with the hopes of reconnecting with the Formula One audience.

The first would be the introduction of a Pole Winners Trophy, after the idea of additional points for topping qualifying was rejected.

The Pole Winners Trophy would do exactly what it says on the tin and would be awarded to the driver who earned the most pole positions over the course of the season.

In the ever dominating world of Sebastian Vettel, this would of course mean one additional thing for the German to win.

Over the past five years he would have taken this award four times, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

In 2012 Lewis Hamilton would have taken the trophy, whilst in 2009 Vettel, Hamilton and Jenson Button would have shared the trophy, although on count-back the German would take the crown.

Another proposal could see a change in Sebastian Vettel carrying the number one on his car for the foreseeable future.

It is thought that Formula One team bosses Christian Horner, Ross Brawn, Martin Whitmarsh, Stefano Domenicali, Claire Williams and Eric Boullier are all in favour of drivers having a permanent number to wear throughout their career.

The marketing chaps would love it as it gives a driver an identity and a driver would have the choice of sticking with their number or switching to number one when winning the title.

Teams also like the idea of getting the drivers names on the cars, once again to aid in identify a driver for the spectators.

The next meeting is set for December 9, if any agreements are made they could be pushed forward to the F1 Commission for approval and then ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in time for either the 2014 or 2015 seasons.

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Date:Sunday December 1 2013

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