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Double points may be axed by next month, says Ecclestone

Dec 20, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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The much-maligned double points award for Formula One season finales may not be long for this world according to Formula One kingpin Bernie Ecclestone.

The British billionaire has told the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that the controversial rule could be scrapped as soon as next month’s meeting of the F1 Strategy Group.

But in doing so, he also revealed his own inclination for the rule.

“Personally, my preference would be for the final three races to be worth double points,” he said to the Telegraph. “But it may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next [Strategy Group] meeting in January.

“I think it should be the final three races or nothing. The final three races would mean the championship is kept interesting for everyone – fans, press and television – right until the end.”

The Telegraph also says that such a rule was actually considered by the FIA in Paris before getting soundly rejected in favor of simply making the season finale only worth double points.

From the moment it got out of Paris, the scenario has triggered a negative response across almost all of Formula One with reigning four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel calling it “absurd” and former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine dubbing it “insanity”.

Today, it was Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s turn. In a meeting with Italian reporters, Montezemolo said the rule “seems rather artificial and not very sporting.”

He then proceeded to call for a summit of all F1 squads at Maranello in late January.

“I think the time has come to all sit around the table with the other teams to discuss the overall approach to Formula One,” he said. “I want to talk constructively, without discussing anything to do with competitiveness but putting forward proposals in a transparent manner, without any under the table agreements.

“There should be more dialogue between the teams when it comes to discussing the problems affecting Formula One.”

  1. patmanbnl - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I would be ok with this if it was either the race was double the normal distance paying double points or a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader with each race paying normal points like what Indycar has at some races.

    • boondoo - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Two races at Abu Dhabi ? No thanks

  2. worknman24hours - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I am not a fan of messing with the points to make one race or three races more important then the others.

    If you were going to do that you might as well start at the first race and award -ten- points for the win then in the second race award -eleven- for the win and the third -twelve- with all the lower spots going up one with each race and so on.

    The entire reason to make every race more important then the last and make all the teams fight like hell until the end of the year.

    But no single race more important then the last-no way.

    Think of what the people in the countries with the lesser points races would think.

    “We put up a half a billion euros for a state of the art F1 race track and the FIA says our race is worth less points then the joke running next race-thanks a lot.”

  3. ngooding - Dec 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Tell Bernie how you feel – pledge to not watch the Abu Dhabi GP if they don’t revoke double points: Follow me on Twitter @Nate_Gooding

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