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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Should double points be awarded at the season finale?

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  • No (91%)
  • No opinion (1%)

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  1. Okay……

    Hey, aren’t the super license fees determined by the number of points scored? More points == more money

  2. What an absolute crap idea this is, Why it was not announced before the frenchman has been elected an FIA president ? I just hope that both championships will be decided before Abu Dhabi because it will be unfair to the other circuits, you win 1 race but you get double points, i just want to be wrong but i feel that this is a political decision Abu Dhabi one of the worst tracks in the history will become a title decider with an extra bonus, the media attention will be at its maximum level because with this new system many drivers will have the chance to fight for WDC, Bernie would not be very disappointed either ….

  3. Wow. Just wow. What on Earth have I just read? I need to lie down. I’m praying this gets overturned.

  4. How to make everyone watch an awful race on a an awful track : double the points ! Now the race in Abu Dhabi won’t just be dull, but it will be very disappointing…

  5. In short, no. If we have to mess with the points system, I’d rather a point be awarded for fastest lap, and two points for pole position.

  6. i would prefer puting double points in on of each the most important races in each continent one in europe,one in asia,one in N America, and one in S america,plus the european GP,a total of 5 red marked GPS

  7. Did they also confirm the two-mandatory-pit-stop-thing? What a joke…

  8. Firstly, let me say that I hate this rule. I agree with all the previous comments and all future comments knocking this rule.

    However let me argue that a similar scenario occurred in the past. In 1988 Ayrton Senna won the world championship, however Alain Prost ‘scored more points’ than Senna. This was because only the best 11 results out of 16 counted towards the standings. Under this system, Prost could not include points he scored for 3 second places, whereas Senna dropped a 4th and 6th place finish. Effectively under this system some race results counted less than others. This is the exact opposite of the rule changes announced today, where Abu Dhabi will count more than other races. The point I’m trying to make is that not all races have counted equally in the past, and what has been announced today is not a new situation.

    1. @georgeod
      Thanks for this enlightening,this is the first time i know this

    2. there have been stupid points schemes since F1 started, the one you mentioned is one of the worst. being penalized for scoring more points. I though the point systems were finally stabilized.

      1. @canadianjoe Just a guess, but it makes sense if:
        a) reliability is suitably poor that it is unlikely that a driver is going to finish enough races to necessitate a drop (ie. pre 1980s)
        b) not all drivers are going to compete all the races ie. they run the Indy 500 or Le Mans (such as in the 1960s with Lotus) – there is less of a penalty for going off to do that.

        It was definitely time to get rid of that rule by the end of 1990.

    3. @georgeod nice points there . But , still , That doesn’t make this rule less of a ^&*(

  9. WOW!!! this is without a doubt the most ridicules points scheme I have seen in my 38 years of following f1.

  10. I tried to spend some time thinking of a reasoned, logical argument against this, but then I realised I didn’t have to because it’s so obviously dumb it doesn’t warrant the effort – bit like trying to argue for or against capital punishment with a hedgehog.
    Really, really disappointing.

  11. Last time I checked marihuana is still not legalised in most parts of the world…

  12. At least they haven’t introduced a reversed grid system a la GP2. Yet.

    1. don’t say that out load! the FIA could here you.

    2. That will be announced on wednesday, I guess @oel-f1

  13. Just when the sport is on the brink of bringing back some relevance and a new challenge with the new engine/drivetrain format, they have to ruin it all by stupid things like keeping DRS, introducing mandatory 2 pitstop races with regulated stint lengths and making AbuDhabi the permanent and double points season finale (because they are just about the only ones who will be able to pay Bernies no doubt raised fees for staging that race).

    I have never been a big fan of Porsche, but by now the thought of turning into a Porsche/Webber fan and sitting out a year of F1 is starting to feel more and more of a draw on me.

    1. WEC is a squillion times better right now @bascb, and this is despite the fact that I haven’t been following it that long compared to F1. Flat out from the word go, no apparent lapping to a delta time, no magic overtaking switches. Just brilliant and beautiful machines going flat out for hours. It’s great!

  14. Ridiculous, time to stop watching F1

    1. @olivenoire +100 it has really spoiled my day

    2. @olivenoire @omarr-pepper I fear we will refer to 2014 as a year of what it could have been.

  15. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if Vettel wins the title at Suzuka next year?

  16. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
    9th December 2013, 20:05

    Right, that’s it. No more F1 for me as it’s beyond a joke now. This is the nail in the coffin. Since 2010 the rule changes have been ruining what should have been a great era. 2012 was a great year but I would have enjoyed it more had they shown all the races live on the BBC and had there been no DRS.
    Time to find another hobby.

  17. A very poor idea to say the least.

    They are trying to make the sport very synthetic just to keep up the “excitement”. Common man! How would one feel if a driver looses the title in the final round just because of this stupid double points system? Ridiculous.

  18. No FIA. That’s a bad FIA. Step away from the NASCAR broadcast.

  19. I haven’t seen anyone comment on a concern with the impact this could have on spending. The expectation of this honeypot at the end of the season is to have a significant effect on championship standings. And at the top of standings we could see one team or driver leapfrog another, but at the bottom of the grid we could see even more drastic impact from these points increases. Drastic impact which will drive the smaller teams to continue development through the last race of the year, possibly spending considerable amounts of money on a bespoke Abu Dhabi setup. No, no,no, I’m not against competition.

    I don’t think that this is the right way to increase competition and decrease costs, two goals which seem to be mutually exclusive.

    Todt said that cutting cost is his primary objective for F1, though that he wouldn’t be able to do anything about it until 2015. This is truly a joke to me.

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