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Bernie wants more double points races

Sunday 22nd December 2013

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Bernie wants more double points races

Bernie wants more double points races

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has hinted that the double points rule might be dropped before the start of next season, although he believes adding more races with increased points is actually what should be done.

Earlier this month, the FIA revealed that double points will be awarded at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - the 2014 season finale - in an effort to keep the battle for both the Constructors' and Drivers' Championship alive until the end of the season.

The move has been widely criticised, but Ecclestone believes the best way forward is to increase the amount of races with double points awarded to three.

"Personally my preference would be for the final three races to be worth double points," Ecclestone told The Daily Telegraph.

"But it may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next [Strategy Group] meeting in January. I think it should be the final three races or nothing.

"The final three races would mean the championship is kept interesting for everyone - fans, press and television - right until the end."

One of the biggest critics of the double points rule is reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, who labeled the idea as "absurd".

"This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard during a whole season," the German said.

"I respect the old traditions in F1 and do not understand this new rule."

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