Unpopular double points for F1 season finale could be scrapped says Ferrari boss

The sun may already be setting on the season finale double points rule

The sun may already be setting on Formula 1’s season finale double points rule

Formula 1’s decision to award double points at the last race of the season could be scrapped after next year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, if not before, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

The Italian told reporters attending a Christmas lunch at the Fiorano test track that he was no fan of the controversial rule change that has got fans up in arms and been branded ‘absurd’ by Red Bull‘s World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

“I am not enthusiastic about it, because for me it looks too artificial. We will see,” he declared.

Asked whether the decision might be reversed before the start of the season in March, the Italian shrugged: “This I don’t know. I will not be surprised if after one year they will change it.”

Montezemolo said Ferrari had not vetoed the measure when it came to a vote because they felt it was not an important enough issue to warrant such action. However, it would be discussed further.

Luca di Montezemolo with Stefano Domenicali

Luca di Montezemolo with Stefano Domenicali

“I think the best way to find out may be to do one year as a test,” he said. “I personally have some doubts. I told this to [FIA president Jean] Todt and I told this to [commercial supremo] Bernie [Ecclestone] privately.

“Anyway, we had unanimous agreement to do it. We will look at it but in the future we need to have far more involvement of the teams, the tifosi (fans), media, all the stakeholders of F1.”

Team principal Stefano Domenicali, who also attended the lunch, indicated that the double points decision was far from definite.

“I think, considering what is the situation, it would not be  wrong to reconsider it,” he said. “That means you are listening to all the interested parties.”

Montezemolo cited the example of qualifying, which had an unpopular and short-lived phase of each driver performing a solo lap against the clock, as an example of the sport getting it wrong and having to backtrack.

Sebastian Vettel not happy with double points rule

Sebastian Vettel not happy with double points rule

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced this month that double points would be awarded at the final round of the season from next year in an attempt to keep the title battle undecided to the end.

Red Bull and Vettel have won the last four Drivers and Constructors’ Championships, with the dominant 26-year-old German this year taking a record nine wins in a row in a single season.

“This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season,” Vettel told Bild. ”Imagine me, on the last Bundesliga [football] match there would suddenly double points.”

Vettel added, ”I value the old traditions in Formula 1 and do not understand this new rule. Drivers, fans and experts are horrified.”

The FIA said that the double points decision was unanimously approved at a meeting of its Formula 1 commission and the newly formed F1 Strategy Group, which includes Ferrari.

The Italian glamour team,, the oldest and most successful in the sport, has a right to veto changes but Montezemolo was clear about when he felt it should be used.

“I don’t want that Ferrari puts a veto for something that is not so essential to F1,” he said. “I would put a veto if they asked me to do a four cylinder engine, because I don’t do motorcycles.”

“I would put a veto if they decided…that now the drivers are obliged to drive with one hand because they get tired and it’s more interesting for the race.” (Reuters)

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  • Boycotthehaters

    “The Italian told reporters attending a Christmas lunch at the Fiorano test track that he was no fan of the controversial rule change”

    He’s lying. Ferrari has veto power and this rule could never have passed over their objections.

  • Brymar

    Scrap it now!

    If they can’t or don’t want to, then lets hope the championships are decided before the final race.

    How about awarding a point for pole position and fastest lap?

  • Bub

    What about the opinion of the fans? 95% of them are against this nonsense, surely.

  • spornbot

    @BUB: They know the F1 fans will still show up to the races. The F1 administrative body doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about what the fans think.

  • Hawk

    Like the WRC power stage, led them award points for quali.

  • Hawk

    But then again unlike the WRC where each competitor has equal (or almost) chances of power stage win, quali is to put one in a better position in the race, so awarding them points on top would/might make it worse.

  • SteveIsGreat

    Do it, please! For the love of the sport please tell me this silly rule is just a joke to keep F1 in the press during the off season and that no one really expects Abu Dhabi to have double points!

  • Tamburello_1994

    Cooler heads prevailing – Group rethink in progress.

    The person(s) whom originally thought up this disaster better be begging for forgiveness right about now. Dumbest idea ever.

    And even more amazing is they actually thought the “true formula 1 fan” would go for something so ridiculous and obviously half thought out. Speaking for myself, Going ahead with this lame-ass scheme would fundamentally change how I feel about F1. . Would just seem rigged in the end is the best way I can explain it.

    If F-1 was surprised at the empty seats at Interlagos – Go ahead with this silliness and see how fans react.

  • David

    “Not an important enough issue” to veto? Oh, come come Ferrari. Surely you know F1 fans better than that. Only conclusion can be that F1 fans count for little in the collective of minds that run this unprincipled business.

  • Bec

    The teams wanted it.
    The teams unanimously voted for it.

    The teams never listen to the fans.
    The FOTA fan survey was not only largely ignored by the teams, FOTA even refused to release the entire results of the questionnaire, due to some answers not being what the teams wanted to hear.

  • Tinto

    It was Ferrari supporting mainly this absurd idea. Now, here you go Luca…