F1 senior citizens support double points rule

(L to R): Niki Lauda, Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Bernie Ecclestone

(L to R): Niki Lauda, Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Bernie Ecclestone

Not everyone in Formula 1 is opposed to the sport’s new and controversial ‘double points’ innovation which comes into effect in 2014 at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

In fact, even the president of Formula 1′s governing FIA is not sure what all the fuss is about, as speculation increases that the rule could even be repealed.

“Well, so much is said, but really it’s not such a dramatic change,” Jean Todt told the Spanish sports daily AS.

“For me, the introduction of the new 1.6 litre engine with a 40 per cent fuel reduction is much more important. And our priority is to reduce costs.

“I think the change of points in one race is not a revolution,” the Frenchman insisted. “It’s a small change and nothing more.”

And even Mercedes’ powerful duo, chairman Niki Lauda and sporting boss Toto Wolff, are not opposed to the rule that aims to keep the title alive by awarding double points in the Abu Dhabi finale.

Triple World Champion Lauda even told Speed Week that he backs Bernie Ecclestone’s idea to expand the double points beyond the 2014 finale.

“More bonus points should be given in the last third of the season,” he said.

Wolff agreed: “A [higher] distribution [of points] for regions or continents would make sense.”

Meanwhile, Wolff revealed that Lewis Hamilton has applied to the FIA to race his lucky number 44 for the rest of his Formula 1 career. (GMM)

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  • matthew

    Cutting costs? The new motors and regulations are a huge price jump, and the teams have to pay for each point they earn.

  • StevetheGreat

    What a bunch of BS!!!!

  • Boycottthebull

    Now Jean Turd is trying to claim cost reductions after forcing the introduction of the new cars and engines for 2014 and was highly criticised by his rivals for the FIA presidency for being so out of touch with the escalating costs of F1 he now trying this total BS that a bit of fuel saving is going to cut cost? His new financial kickback from the sport alone is 100 times more than any fuel saving. What a total liar and worm. So the 3 old loud mouthed idiots of F1 want double points and everyone else is against it and they cant see what the fuss is about. These are the out of touch fools responsible for the decline of F1. But lets not forget when concerns were raised of the strategy group not representing everyone Jean Turd assured us that it was only to discuss matters and then take them to ALL the teams however the double points rule was completely decided at the last Strategy Group Meeting and never went to the teams. More lies from the head of the FIA.

  • Urko

    Who gives a f..k whether change is big or small. The only thing that matters is that change IS f…ing STUPID!!! Is that so hard to understand or are those old farts to old to understand!!??

  • Zombie Jebus will eat your brain and take your knowledge

    Anyone who is for this rule is an idiot who has lost all touch with reality. See the above “article”! Maybe if a some of the races were double length then double points would make sense. But as it stands I suspect this is just a media ploy to keep idiots like us discussing F1 during the offseason and that it will be repealed during the next TWG meeting.

  • A41202813GMAIL

    Idiot Here.

    I Like The Idea.

    LEWIS Must Be More Focused Towards The End Of The Season – He Never Won The Last Race – 7 And Counting.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • GoldLeaf

    Same people running the show. Same lack of understanding about how to improve the sport. All this crew will ever be concerned about is lining their own pockets. F1 is a once-noble sport that has turned its back on its roots in order to generate more cash by selling licenses and media access. There is more than enough money in the F1 organization to run a highly profitable business operation while still maintaining true sporting principles without embarrassing marketing gimmicks. The only problem is that those in charge aren’t satisfied with “highly profitable” and can’t resist the temptation to rake in obscene amounts of cash even if you have to ruin the sport to do so.

  • David

    Bernie’s job is to prioritise income for CVC. They employ him for that and that alone. The means he is using to do that involves trampling over the sensibilities of us fans, reducing the “sport” content and increasing its appeal to the masses for whom its just another mind-numbing escape from day to day life like X Factor. That’s where the money is, folks. If you don’t like it then don’t subscribe to Murdoch’s media, otherwise you’re just encouraging the whole sorry process.

  • McLarenfan

    44 is that how old Nicole Scherzinger is then???

  • Tamburello_1994

    Ranks right up there with good ol DRS . . . :/

    Lame.

  • gmtF2

    David (28th Dec) is right. The ‘sport’ is becoming more of a television spectacle rather thanh the pinnacle of auto technology development and driving skill. Still interesting, but what a shame.