F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the controversial plan to award double points for the final round of the 2014 Formula One season could be cancelled at the next meeting of the F1 strategy group in January.
The FIA confirmed that the rule would be introduced for 2014 following the final meeting of the World Motor Sport Council earlier this month, and it met a great backlash from fans who deemed it to be ‘artificial’. With the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix also deemed to be one of the least enthralling races on the calendar, it was an unpopular move.
It has since been revealed that it was pushed for by TV companies who saw ratings fall due to Sebastian Vettel’s dominance, with a double points rule giving more life to the championship race. However, although Ecclestone admitted that he did support the idea of double points, he admitted that it may face the axe.
“Personally my preference would be for the final three races to be worth double points,” Ecclestone explained to The Daily Telegraph. “But it may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next [Strategy Group] meeting in January.”
The F1 Strategy Group is made up of Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Williams and Mercedes, and has come under fire for being too exclusive. In this case though, it is likely that the wider interests of the sport will be taken into consideration.
Ecclestone admitted that he supported the double points rule, but the CEO of FOM believes that it should be more than just a single race.
“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 teams were offered multiple races, but instead favoured a compromise whereby only the final round of the season was worth double.
Those against the rule will now simply have to wait until the next meeting of the strategy group to see whether or not it will be scrapped.
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