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. Are those guys on crack? What the hell….?

  2. I hope the cost cap causes a breakaway series to get away from this.

    Just utterly ridiculous.

    1. 6 team bosses sit on the strategy group which unanimously voted both the double points & cost-cap through so not sure why either would cause a breakaway threat.

  3. And on the 9th day (of December), F1 signed off on another gimmick. And they saw that it was good.

    ….But everyone else thought it was rubbish.

    1. Only yesterday you wrote your COTD, and then the “strategical working group” thought they should even up the stakes and make you feel even less likely to enjoy it @spud!

      1. @bascb I almost feel like I’ve been a little prophetic here. (not sure prophetic is the right word). When I saw the threads about this on the forums earlier, I did think there was some kind of mistake or rumour, and when I saw it on Autsp*rt earlier, I still did think it was some sort of mistake. I’m horrified to find out that it isn’t. I don’t care much for the permanent driver numbers thing. That’s just a marketing thing, and the Global budget cap does seem to be a step in the right direction, but I’m reserving judgement on that for the moment. The bosses of F1 are tinkering around the edges in a big way though, and it’s getting on my nerves. :(

        1. It does almost feel like my cynical post when they introduced the mandatory 2 pitstops, where I mentioned introducing extras to “spice up the show” came to be truth @spud, I know how you feel about this one!

          The spending cap is badly needed, but this being F1, and the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull being likely to have a prominent say in things, I am only mildly hopeful they agree to anything that will actually help.

          1. Bernie’s sprinklers idea doesn’t sound so bad compared to this jiggereepokery the Working Group are dithering about with. ;-)

            The spending cap is badly needed. It has been badly needed for some time. I worry that more teams will go the way of HRT if they don’t actually stick to it this time. The Hopeful Spud thinks they might actually stick to it. The Cynical Spud doesn’t though. :/

  4. oh dear oh dear oh dear. WEC time…

  5. Good thing IndyCar never relies on gimmicks to spice up their double-header, dual-direction street races with inverted grid, heat-race qualifying with the top 20 bonus points awarded randomly to any driver wearing fingerless gloves and million-dollar bounties awarded to any Forza 5 player that enters the race.

    Also, I guarantee that if the last race was being held at Suzuka or Interlagos, less people would be complaining about the double points.

    1. It probably wouldn’t be happening if one of those were last race. I have a feeling this has someone with deep pockets behind it.

  6. Mark Webber must be so happy that he left Formula 1. The series is a joke and I won’t be going to a grand prix till they sort themselves out

    1. Ha ha ha! I was considering following WEC (along with F1) next year. I’ve gone past considering now.

  7. *checks date*
    No, not April 1st…

  8. Can’t wait for the epic championship showdown on the Yas Marina circuit, it is going to be best ever!

    Seriously. What the heck… why not award extra points for “special” races if you want to make some races different: 100 points for Monaco (+10 more for qualifying on pole for that event), 75 for Spa, 50 for Monza and so on.

  9. This absolute bobbins is up there with the half-time multi-ball idea from that Budweiser advert a while back.

  10. No, no, no , and double NO.

    And if Todt is reading this it’s a Non, non ,non and double NON.

    Just to make things crystal clear I’m not, repeat not, in favour of this change at all.

    1. ah, go on…

    2. Or as Sebastian Vettel would say: “No, no, no, and no again!”

  11. “I deserve the world title because my Abu Dhabi victory should count for twice as much as the other guy’s Monaco victory.”

    – No racing driver, ever.

    1. “I deserve the world title because my Abu Dhabi victory third-place should count for twice as much as more than the other guy’s Monaco victory.”

      Ugh, that’s even worse!

  12. Wow. Driver A leads the title race by 49 points before the last race, with Driver B being second. Driver B wins the last race, as Driver A has a mechanical issue and retires. Driver B gets the championship. Absolutely insane rule.

  13. So we will see an artificial championship decider on an artificial circuit with, no doubt, plenty of artificial overtaking. At least the FIA is consistent with its decisions.

  14. I just wonder who comes up with such ideas, and why those ideas are not consulted in any way with the audience they want to bring in front of TVs so hard. Are they not aware that altering the core of point-giving rules that remained unchanged since 1950 for the sake of “entertainment” could be a bit controversial, to say the least?

    It looks like the FIA tries to resolve problems created by gimmicks by adding even more gimmicks. “DRS removed the art of passing from the sport, and we went overboard with the tyre fragility, forcing drivers to focus more on preserving them instead of actual racing, therefore making the races for a TV viewer dull – so let’s bring the excitement back by forcing drivers to pit twice and double the points earned in the last round.”

    1. @artanonim I think the so called ‘innovative’ rule maker was distracted by this http://www.formula1.com/wi/gi/597×478/Dv0j/manual/11243219973_b75bbd511b_o.jpg at the gala ceremony and in a flurry of stupid emotions wrote this rule down . Bernie , who did not remember anything approved it and he will not remember that he made this rule next year .

  15. I will not be tempted to say anything bad about old people. But it’s obvious some people belong in a home.

  16. Why don’t we just pick numbers out of a hat and decide who gets points based on that? This is ridiculous and could (almost certainly will) make the championship outcome farcical. Fortune or misfortune in one race should never determine the outcome of a championship and that’s almost precisely what this idiotic new rule seems designed to do. My patience with this gimmickry is quickly wearing thin. I love F1 but it’s starting to move further from what a sport is supposed to be.

  17. Awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful decision. Awful.

    What if simply because Hamilton is good round Abu Dhabi he wins the title? Or what if a title contender has misfortune? It costs them twice as much.

    Who allows them to pass these ideas?

    1. It’s not about Hamilton,Alonso,Vettel or any other driver , it’s about the fact that the drivers will be awarded points for what they didn’t deserve, to gift a driver 2 race wins when he actually won 1 race is absolutely ridiculous

      1. I completely agree with that @tifoso1989 and I have merely made an example of it!

    2. Its the big spenders (your beloved Red Bull, with Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Lotus thrown in) group with Bernies guys and Todts clique that draw up these “refreshing” changes. Now we now what got Todt rubberstamped, eh.

      1. @bascb it’s a sad sad situation

    3. That’s a very good point actually, that this gives an unfair advantage to drivers who excel at whatever the last race of the season happens to be. So Vettel and Hamilton next year effectively get two of a race they like and [insert name here] has to have two of his bogey track.

  18. @keithcollantine, is there any way we can send a petition to the FIA as a website?

    1. I think sending them flowers and champagne congratulating them on a great decision is more likely to see it withdrawn.

      1. I’m tweeting furiously as we speak @npf1!

      2. I am on for that petition idea . anyone know a link . Let us bombard them with stuff . if it gets 1 million petitions , maybe they will look at it . Better just don’t watch the final race . They will know the seriousness once their purses are pinched off .

    2. @vettel1
      I think the only way to stop this drama is the Ferrari veto but i suspect that their silence is suspicious because this is bad for the sport, maybe they were giving a gift elsewhere, Jean Todt passes what he wants and Ferrari get what they want

      1. @tifoso1989 I just pray to my Flying Spaghetti Monster God that the media listen to us, and pressure the FIA with criticism instead of just blindly agreeing.

        They are the only ones who can get something changed now I think.

        1. @vettel1
          I’m on your side but the people that are running the sport doesn’t care in the first place ,all what they want is to make the maximum profit out of it with all the possible ways
          We need another sex scandal

          1. @tifoso1989 not a bad idea: Bernie working his way round all the WAG’s?

            @colossal-squid +1

          2. @vettel1 @tiffoso1989 to see you two agreeing on this one shows the seriousness of this situation.
            If they don’t change this up, I may not see F1 at all in 2014, and the champion won’t be my accepted-and-fair champion unless he doesn’t depend on this stupid rule.
            Saying that. I’m off 2014. Honestly. I haven’t missed a race since Spa 2000, but this is enough. See you everyone just on the blog, but really, I’m thinking of not seeing next year championship (by knowing last race can spoil all, why would it be worth it to see?)

          3. @vettel1 @tifoso1989 to see you two agreeing on this one shows the seriousness of this situation.
            If they don’t change this up, I may not see F1 at all in 2014, and the champion won’t be my accepted-and-fair champion unless he doesn’t depend on this stupid rule.
            Saying that. I’m off 2014. Honestly. I haven’t missed a race since Spa 2000, but this is enough. See you everyone just on the blog, but really, I’m thinking of not seeing next year championship (by knowing last race can spoil all, why would it be worth it to see?)

          4. @omarr-pepper
            To see almost the majority of real fans (whatever team\driver they support) of this sport sick of the FIA/FOM destroying it just to make money is absolutely depressive for me, you talked about the non worthy champion situation which could happen (example : a consistent driver all the year building a huge gap of 49 pt losing the WDC in the final race because of a mechanical failure), as for me i can see another worse situation,imagine under the turbo era a team is having the advantage on a certain track (In the 2009 era Red Bull in Tilkedrome and especially in the Asian tracks or Ferrari which has been historically strong in engine tracks like Monza and Spa), that team will be pushing for his favorite track to be the season final race, and sure Bernie could arrange anything in exchange for cash

          5. @tifoso1989 yes, we are real fans, but unluckily, and well spotted in your final sentence, all Bernie cares about is cash and more cash.

          6. @vettel1 @omarr-pepper @tifoso1989 boycott Abu Dhabi anyone ?

            Ahem or if you were not keen on going in the first place
            try #BoycottAbuDhabi ?

        2. May his noodly appendage guide us through these dark times.

          1. @hamilfan I’m already twitting #BoycottAbuDhabi as you suggested

  19. Plus, at the rate of inflation we’re seeing now, I’m looking forward to the first 1,000 point grand prix at the Zimbabwe Grand Prix 2017.

  20. Surely the worst rule introduced since Sunday aggregate qualifying?

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