Mexico to host double points finalé in 2015?

Mexico to host double points finalé in 2015?

Mexican FIA vice-president Jose Abed has said that the Mexican Grand Prix could be the final round of the 2015 Formula 1 season, potentially as another double race round in spite of the backlash that the ruling has faced this year.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City is set to welcome Formula 1 for the first time since 1992 in 2015, and the race is widely expected to be a success with two Mexican drivers on the grid in the form of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

Although the FIA is yet to release a provisional calendar for next season, a date in November was expected for the race. Now, Abed has said that it could even be the final round in 2015.

“I can’t rule out that you’ll see the final round in Mexico,” he told national radio station Grupo Formula. “Surely it can happen with double points that they are doing for the last race. Maybe it can finish here.”

The double points finalé was introduced for the 2014 season to make the championship battle last longer and aid TV ratings. However, it has met a largely negative response from the sport’s community, and will undoubtedly come under scrutiny when next year’s sporting regulations are put together.

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