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FORMULA ONE | DOUBLE POINTS

Ecclestone wants double points for the last three GPs

Ecclestone wants double points for the last three GPs

The F1 supremo isn't keen on the idea to have extra points on offer for just the last race of the season.

In spite of the controversy raised by the announcement that there will be double points on offer for the last GP of the 2014 season, in Abu Dhabi, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone wants to extend the idea. He said his his personal opinion would be for “the final three races to be worth double points”. “I think it should be the final three races or nothing”, he said to British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. He also admitted that the rule providing double points in just the last race of the season may "be cancelled altogether at the Strategy Group meeting in January".

A number of drivers as well as large sections of F1 fans are against the move to change the points on offer. The idea behind it is to maintain interest right up to the end of the season, but for Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne it’s a mistake: “It devalues the work done over the season. We don’t like the rule”.

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari president, who has a right of veto said he wouldn’t be surprised if the rule is scrapped soon. He has invited bosses from various F1 teams to discuss the move in Maranello next month: “There needs to be more discussion between the teams when we’re faced with an issue that affects all of us”.

 

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