Double points for the final round of the Championship is still an issue that irks many Formula 1 fans, and the fact that a recent F1 Strategy Group meeting basically ignored the outcry suggests that the powers that be are ignoring the sentiments of those who follow the sport, a perception which team bosses are eager to dispel.
At Jerez, Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff spoke with media about the controversial rule, “I think the shitstorm we got afterwards was something not expected. Was it the right move or not? 99 per cent of our fans and spectators, and this is what counts, told us it was the wrong move so perhaps it is something to revisit.”
“There are arguments [in favour] if for whatever reason we have the same kind of power situation with one of the teams [Red Bull in 2013], you add a little spice towards the end of the season. There is a lot to criticise, but things need to be done and with the audience dropping you need to try out things. This maybe wasn’t the right thing, but maybe we need to find out,” added Wolff.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner agrees that fans cannot be ignored, “I think of course [that] the fans opinions matter but I don’t think it’s any secret that I wasn’t particularly in favour of it. I can understand why the governing body and the promoter are keen to keep the Championship alive, or hoping the Championship is kept alive until the end of the last race. But two out of the last four years have gone to the last race under the previous points scoring system.”
Horner would be in favour of awarding double points to the final three or four races as opposed to only the last race. He said, “We need to look at three [races for double points] for argument’s sake, to take away an element of lottery over that last race.” (GP247)
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