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Double points stays only with F1’s season finale

Feb 28, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

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Bernie Ecclestone won’t see his preference of double points for the final three races of the Formula One World Championship be utilized.

The F1 Strategy Group has nixed the idea after a mandatory unanimous agreement was not achieved according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Thus, the double points will only be in play for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Back in December, Ecclestone had told the Telegraph that the double points idea was in danger of being thrown out altogether in January. However, that did not come to pass.

As for pushing the rule across Austin, Interlagos and Abu Dhabi, he said that he wanted to keep interest high for the World Championship to the final lap.

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

Double points has been a major point of frustration for F1 fans during the off-season, and multiple figures such as four-time reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel and past World Champion John Surtees have spoken out against it.

  1. Jeff - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Good. Though I don’t like double points even for the finale.
    To me it reeks of a NASCAR-like gimmick.
    IndyCar seems to have a lock on how to structure the points system.

  2. worknman24hours - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Instead of drastically increasing the points for the final race, Formula One should make every race next -one point at each position-more important-escalating that throughout the year until the final race was run..

    That would keep the teams that got behind early in the fight as they found more speed throughout the season.

    You want the back markers to have a chance to catch the early leaders in the season.

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