News ID: 55718
Published: 0146 GMT November 18, 2014

Double points finale to be dropped for next season

Double points finale to be dropped for next season

Formula 1 is moving closer to ditching the controversial double points rule for 2015, as concerns mount that it could mar this season's finale.

 

The regulation, which caused a huge outcry from fans, was voted through at the end of last year in a bid to keep the world championship battle going on longer.

But the plan has failed — with the 17-point gap between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg meaning that the championship battle would have gone to the last race anyway.

Now there are fears that the extra points on offer could prove decisive in the title battle between the Mercedes drivers, creating the prospect of Hamilton losing the championship despite having won 10 races so far.

Sources have told autosport.com that, amid the unease about the rules, the matter will be discussed at a meeting of F1's Strategy Group in the days after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

If there is agreement between teams, then a proposal could be put to the F1 Commission to ditch the rule for next year.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has already hinted that he would not object if double points were dropped after 2014.

When asked if he would like to see the rule changed, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said, “Yes. Nobody likes the double points.

“We are going to discuss that next time around and I don't think Bernie likes it a lot. So it's probably something we should be getting rid of for next season.”

The double points rule means that Hamilton now needs to finish second to guarantee himself the championship.

Wolff concedes that, thanks to double points, a bizarre event at the final round could overshadow a campaign that his team has dominated.

“You could say that rules are rules and we know what the rules are,” he said. “If you lose because you haven't got enough points then in a couple of years it goes into the history books that you either won or lost it.

“But then, if you imagine a scenario that the championship has been turned by a DNF or a technical issue it would obviously put a big shadow over the championship.

“I would very much like a straight fight between the two of them at the last race and they will give it all.

“Hopefully the double points will not make a difference.”

   
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