Double points to be awarded for season finale

2014 F1 season

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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398 comments on Double points to be awarded for season finale

  1. Racer (@racer) said on 9th December 2013, 19:15

    This is outrageous. They’re trying to turn F1 into an American style sport with gimmicks which compromise the sporting integrity in order to artificially manufacture excitement. Can you imagine a football league awarding 6 points for a win on the final day of the season to prolong promotion and relegation battles? What really rankles is that the FIA who are apparently so desperate to make the sport more attractive to viewers don’t even bother to ask viewers what they want to see? When have they ever done a fan survey over proposed rule changes? Do they think we’re too stupid to know what we want to see?

  2. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 9th December 2013, 19:15

    Why not just give a few points for qualifying, this is darn stupid.

  3. Girts (@girts) said on 9th December 2013, 19:15

    It’s not a good idea. It’s simply unfair towards the other circuits. It seems that the new Strategy Group is unable to agree on any sensible changes and just tries to create an illusion that something is being done to make the sport more attractive to fans.

  4. David-A (@david-a) said on 9th December 2013, 19:16

    Why not reset the points of the top 12 contenders for the final third of the season, and only let points from that portion of the year count towards the championship? I think another sport has something similar, called the “Pursuit”, or something.

  5. xivizmath (@xivizmath) said on 9th December 2013, 19:16

    How to make dreadful, tyre-saving oriented, DRS-polluted, only-one-move-allowed races better in the coming year?

    More gimmicks.

  6. Torque said on 9th December 2013, 19:20

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

  7. Zantkiller (@zantkiller) said on 9th December 2013, 19:22

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

    Just utterly ridiculous.

  8. 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.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th December 2013, 19:50

      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!

      • @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. :(

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th December 2013, 20:13

          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.

          • 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. :/

  9. marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 9th December 2013, 19:24

    oh dear oh dear oh dear. WEC time…

  10. 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.

  11. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 9th December 2013, 19:25

    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

  12. Dave (@raceprouk) said on 9th December 2013, 19:26

    *checks date*
    No, not April 1st…

  13. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 9th December 2013, 19:26

    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.

  14. Robert McKay said on 9th December 2013, 19:27

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

  15. frogster said on 9th December 2013, 19:28

    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.

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