Ecclestone: We got double points rule because Ferrari aren’t performing

Luca di Montezemolo with Bernie Ecclestone

Luca di Montezemolo with Bernie Ecclestone

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo allegedly agreed behind closed doors that the controversial ‘double points’ innovation is necessary for Formula 1.

That is the claim of Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone, despite Montezemolo having declared on record that he is opposed to the universally unpopular idea.

“It’s too artificial,” the Ferrari boss said recently. “I would not be surprised if the rule is soon abolished.”

However, Ecclestone has told Formula 1 business journalist Christian Sylt this week that the ‘double points’ concept was designed specifically to help the sport’s most famous team.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso

City AM reports that Ecclestone revealed details of a conversation he had with Montezemolo, “He was talking about it and I said: It is very simple why we got that [rule]. It is because you aren’t performing. If you were doing what you should be doing there wouldn’t be any need for it.”

“[Montezemolo] said: I know, I know,” added Ecclestone.

Fans have spoken out angrily about the new rule, while quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel told Bild, “This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season. Imagine me, on the last Bundesliga [football] match there would suddenly double points.”

Last year Vettel comfortably won the world title, scoring 397 points and 13 victories along the way while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was runner-up with only two wins and 242 points. (GP247-GMM)

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  • bub

    If it’s universally unpopular then it should be abolished.

    Why keep a daft idea that nobody wants?

  • Boycottthebull

    Surely If Bernie has admitted to a journalist that he deliberately has
    been engaged in rule rigging to benefit one team over another then
    another corruption trial is in order? We all suspected this corruption
    was going on like the appearance fee bribes where Red Bull and Ferrari
    were getting paid kickbacks greater than the budgets of some of the
    lower teams, but for Bernie to admit to it publicly surely thats grounds
    for the FIA or some legal Meister to take out Bernie ones and for all.
    Or is this just another untouchable billionaire situation?

  • Red Horizon

    How does Ecclestone to expect that only Ferrari will benefit from this rule? Maybe it will do instead with McLaren or Mercedes (both have not performed well in 2013 as Ferrari), or even Red Bull, or maybe it will not help anyone. This is just a lot of crap from Mr.Bernie as usual. It is useless to call into question Ferrari when was him, the organizers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the holders of TV rights and especially the god of money who dominates them all, who wanted the double points rule. This man is becoming less and less credible, see also the recent statements on new engines, and his position as the only chief of F1 is increasingly compromised.