Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has admitted the sport could be set to drop the controversial double points rule for next season. With F1 fans set to experience the first double points ending to a season at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ecclestone has conceded that the introduction of the rule hasn’t gone down well with fans and teams, and 2015 could see the points system revert to normal.
The surprise announcement last winter that double points would be awarded in the 2014 season finale in Abu Dhabi provoked immediate outcry from F1 fans, with the idea also failing to attract much support amongst the teams despite the motion originally carrying their support prior to its insertion into the Sporting Regulation earlier in the year.
The sport had been keen to ensure there was no repeat of 2013 when Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wrapped up the title with three races left of the season. Ecclestone, who was credited with devising the concept, had initially the final three races of the campaign to feature double points. While that idea was dismissed, double points for the final round of the season will come into play when the 2014 campaign comes around in Abu Dhabi, and it’s ensured the likes of Betfair will be very busy for what promises to be an enthralling end to the year.
With just 17 points between them heading into the season’s final race, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have known this year’s championship was always going to come down to the final race of the year. The 17-point difference between the pair in the standings means a 50-point race win for Rosberg in Abu Dhabi wouldn’t be quite enough to overturn his team-mate’s advantage if Hamilton finishes second. Under the previous points format, Hamilton would only need to finish sixth as opposed to second to be sure of winning his second world championship.
But with little support from any area in the sport, this could be the only year we get to see a championship decided by double points.