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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