Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013

Double points to be awarded for season finale

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013The FIA has announced drivers and teams will score double points at the final race of the season from next year.

The change, one of several items which the FIA said had been “unanimously approved”, has been made “in order to maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign”. It was agreed after meetings of the F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission today.

Points will be allocated as follows:

Position Normal race Final race
1st 25 50
2nd 18 36
3rd 15 30
4th 12 24
5th 10 20
6th 8 16
7th 6 12
8th 4 8
9th 2 4
10th 1 2

The 2014 F1 season finale will take place at Abu Dhabi.

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  1. Artificial methods of creating competition are merely tools that take away from the true spirit of sport. If however the FIA are serious about improving spectacle and excitement they have to allow for more overtaking. We all know how to do that, reduce downforce. Simple. Grow some b*lls FIA stand up to the teams who oppose this and give us back driver skills not

  2. What in God’s name is going on with Formula 1!? I mean sure, the last seasons which were dominated by Sebastian were not the ones I enjoyed most. But seriously, are you kidding me? Double Points for the last race? It’s ridiculous! It would would be the same as giving extra points for each overtaking, or extra points for in-race-donuts. This is a downfall for F1 and I am very disappointed. I have been fan of F1 since 1998 and haven’t missed too many races, even those were Schumacher has dominated as Seb is doing now. I mean, every era comes to an end, so why do they have to do it artificially exciting? The same can be said of those carrer numbers. OK, that works in the NBA, but do we really want to remember our favourite drivers by a number? I seriously don’t want to see drivers having numbers like “Vettel 34” and “Button 99”. This has worked for over 50 years now and nobody ever had complains. And what about the 2 mandatory pitstops? It is likewise silly. Instead of destroying the exitement we all had until now, FIA should really reconsoder their ideas about the sport we love to watch.

  3. This is the kind of very stupid idea I’ve learnt to expect from Ecclestone. But how did he manage to get everybody on board? Is Abu Dhabi paying that much that everybody is getting a share of it? :|

  4. First the DRS, then pirelli tyres. Maldanado to Lotus and now this. everytime theres news about f1 it makes me rage. this sport was a passion now turning into a gimmick in order to get people who barely watch f1 into the sport (also those who think f1 cars go in circles and thats it). Cheers F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission for ruining this sport only god knows what ur thought process was!!

  5. Wow, over 350 comments in under 20 hours. What hath the FIA wrought!

    I think this is really stupid. No single race should be worth more in championship terms than any other race, especially since most races are nearly identical in terms of the duration and distance covered (barring Monaco which is an anachronism, but we like it anyway).

    That being said, I’d be okay with the double points for the final race under certain conditions:
    1)The final race is held on a circuit that’s been on the calendar for at least 20 years, so it’s a race with some historical value. (This will let Hungary in and keep Sepang out, but better than a finale at Yas Marina)
    2) The final race runs to at least 450 km (or 1.5 times the average GP), preferably up to 600km.
    3) Drivers get new powertrains for the final race, so they can go hell for leather and not worry about something blowing up.

    Do all three of these things and then the double points thing is justified. Otherwise it’s just a stupid gimmick. I’m with #BoycottAbuDhabi folks here.

  6. If they are planing something like this than divide the last race and make it a two 45 minutes races.

  7. Double points in predictions championship also?:)

  8. If the final race was going to be held in a classic F1 track like Monaco, Spa, Suzuka or Interlagos I would be tempted to say ‘why not?’ .. but Abu Dhabi?.. No thanks !

  9. Been away for a few days and come back and see this. What have the FIA done, its a needless gimmick and it didn’t need to be done.

  10. Wouldn’t it be funny if Vettel won the championship by over 50 points and then thinks, “nah, I’ll not bother with the last race”.

  11. No wonder the Indian government thought F1 is just entertainment. Hardly a sport anymore with a gimmick like that. Next they’ll bring in the medals system and a Qualifying title. Who got the FIA so drunk to think this was a good idea: Kimi?

  12. If any race is going to receive double points it should be a race that actually means more than the other races, like Spa or maybe Monaco which are effectively jewels in the Formula 1 calendar.


  13. No. Dumb. If we’re going to re-imagine the championship(s), and there’s really no reason do do that, here’s a radical thought. Assign drivers to cars round robin style. Every team/car gets every driver at some point. That would provide a fair comparison of both drivers and teams. Both the mfg & driver championship would be more meaningful and accurate. Who wouldn’t love to see Vettel struggling with a Marussia a couple times a year?

  14. Double points is completely stupid by all counts, but so too is moving Brazil out of the final spot. THAT alone makes me watch the final race, it’s a great race and almost always entertaining with lots of action – Abu Dhabi on the other hand? Snoozefest. This leaves a very sour taste in my mouth.

  15. Absolutely dreadful idea. I’m stunned.

  16. F1 died years ago, the ridiculous continues.

  17. F1 just keeps getting dumber. Drives away the fans whilst not gaining any new ones. Casual fans will always be casual.

  18. Imagine a young driver finally makes it to a top team. He has a good season and lies second, 40 points away from the WDC leader going into the last race. The leader gets taken out by a third driver at the start and, due to this dumb rule, this hands our young hero the WDC for the year. For the rest if his career, his championship will forever have an asterisk next to it – the year the old fools at FIA made up extra points on the last race.

    What driver wants to have an asterisk next to his title?

  19. I miss Max Mosely. Never thought I’d say that.

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