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.

Over to you

What do you think of the change to the points system? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Should double points be awarded at the season finale?

  • Yes (8%)
  • No (91%)
  • No opinion (1%)

Total Voters: 801

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398 comments on Double points to be awarded for season finale

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  1. Stupid stupid stupid.

  2. Juanj said on 9th December 2013, 21:24

    FIA, please revoke your new rule to award double points at the last race of 2014 http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/formula1 diffuse it please!

  3. SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 9th December 2013, 21:26

    At first I thought that might be good.. but the points awarded are too high!
    Maybe go for a 35 for a victory and such could be a bit better.
    Or higher points for classic tracks (spa, suzuka, monza) but not 50, more like 35 again.

    • I disagree with extra points for certain circuits. Just because the circuit is hard doesn’t mean that driver deserves more points then others. Imagine if Rosberg got extra points for his win in silverstone. It was the only time this year the winner didn’t make top 3 in DOTW because he won by technical problems. Compare that to India where Vettel obliterated the field.

      • SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 10th December 2013, 18:14

        You are correct, but it would give those tracks an extra incentive.
        It could create something.. But we are not used to it, so we are scared of it…

  4. jhg103 (@joshgeake) said on 9th December 2013, 21:27

    I remember a good friend of mine (who works in the movie business) once saying “Don’t give fans exactly what they want, they’ll screw it all up and blame you.” and I can’t help but think it makes sense here too.

    Why not try it? AD’s a crap race anyway, they might as well make it more interesting.

    I’ve watched F1 religiously for over two decades, it’s been long overdue to be more arcadey, more inviting, more friendly and less about obsessive technology.

  5. Kelsier (@kelsier) said on 9th December 2013, 21:28

    I don’t mind boycotting the last race, Abu Dhabi is not a real race anyway.

  6. hey (@hey) said on 9th December 2013, 21:30

    So the most technologically advanced series is FormulaE/WEC, the most road-relevant series is WEC, there’s great racing to had in all-sorts of series around the world, and Formula1 is…. a gimmicky commercial TV slot? Well I love motor-racing and I already watch enough TV so I guess I have no reason to watch much of F1 next season. I just wish there could be one series where the world’s best drivers all go to race and see who is the best…

  7. FOM Fan (@) said on 9th December 2013, 21:31

    I don’t understand why people are going crazy over a rule change which will probably have no impact anyway? So what if the points is doubled at the season finale? Does it really make a difference? No.
    Seriously, F1 fans don’t half like to destroy the sport. Maybe F1 Fanatic should have a policy where if you say something like “I’m never following F1 again” then your account should be banned/deleted, because if you really feel that way about F1, WHY ARE YOU HEREE?!!

    • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 9th December 2013, 22:11

      @fom-fan
      “I don’t understand why people are going crazy over a rule change which will probably have no impact anyway? So what if the points is doubled at the season finale? Does it really make a difference? No.”

      Just to entertain your assertion for a moment, what if it does make a difference. In a runaway season such as 2013, you would be correct to say double points in the season finale would not make a difference.

      But, what about seasons like 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012? These seasons were decided by very small margins and sometimes by only 1 point. Artificial extra points in the finale has the potential to skew the championship. In 2008 and 2012 there would have been different winners in the WCC due to essentially artificial extra points given in one race out of 19 races. This is bogus.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 9th December 2013, 22:38

      @fom-fan, Surprise an FOM fan with a Ferrari avatar, likes a rule that would have made Massa, not Hamilton, a World champion.

      • FOM Fan (@) said on 14th December 2013, 15:31

        My avatar was chosen as it is an F1 driver holding a FOM/F1 Communications camera. I just feel it makes a nice image. Connects F1 to broadcasting. Personally I wish Ferrari, a team which claims itself to be the best, yet was unable to win a Drivers championship for 20 years in a row, and a constructors championship for 15 years in a row, were no longer in the sport, due to their provocative comments by their chairman.

        Anyway, I would prefer a double points race to occur maybe on more of a “Heritage” event, such as the Monaco Grand Prix, as it’s a unique track, been around the longest, and offers more of a challenge to the drivers.

        Still, the aim of the rule change is to build more excitement towards the final race of the season, and if the fans & newspaper articles stopped saying “F1 is boring” etc. etc. then maybe this rule change wouldn’t have happened.

    • @fom-fan first, is that your real name? FOM fan? I start to understand your comment
      @hohum Massa will start to cry right now

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th December 2013, 4:38

      If it probably won’t make a difference, then why use it? And if it can make a difference, as it would have in certain years, why on Earth is that a good thing?

  8. HawkAussie (@hawkaussie) said on 9th December 2013, 21:33

    Completey LOL on the double points.

  9. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 9th December 2013, 21:33

    I really like this idea! But I have some more that should be implemented that could make it even better:

    – Turbo boost pads in random places on the track
    – Give Charlie Whiting a ‘Random’ button, which causes something to happen during the race. E.g. someone’s car cutting out, or forcing someone to pit for wet tyres.
    – Every so often, without the FIA telling anyone, they have a reverse qualifying. No-one knows when it will happen, but suddenly pole position has to start last.

    Well done, FIA, you’re doing a great job.

    • GongTong (@gongtong) said on 9th December 2013, 22:03

      I really like your ideas, but I don’t think you’re being realistic at all.

      Consider shells. As projectiles…? Green ones, you fire them, they bounce around randomly and could hit anyone. Red ones, you fire them, they “heat seek” the guy in front of you. Blue, you fire it, it “heat seeks” the current leader.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 10th December 2013, 8:00

      @jamiefranklinf1

      LOLZ I just freakin laughed out loud at the random push button and the reverse qualifying …Ha hahah seriously man, this has to be the most rotten rule ever made in f1 so far in terms of consequences .

  10. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 9th December 2013, 21:33

    To keep the championship undecided until the last race, it would be great to don’t give points in the first 18 races of the season and give points on the final race: you’re 100% sure the title will be decided in the last race :)

  11. The change … was agreed after meetings of the F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission today.

    Is not that group Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams? How stupid that decision is. It will backfire, some of them will get strong results for many races, just to lose the WDC position in Abu Dhabi.
    Keith please tell us it’s a joke or a “could be”

  12. FOM Fan (@) said on 9th December 2013, 21:41

    I’ll give a less ranty answer. It was implemented, because a lot of F1 fans were going “Nyah, this is boring, Vettel’s won the champ with 3 races to go AGAIN, what’s the point of them even racing for the last 3?” The idea is, it keeps drivers in with a mathematical chance of clinching the championship if 50 points are available in the last race.

    How many articles have we seen here that are saying “Is F1 boring? Is Vettel dominating too much? Is F1 too long?” etc. etc. Maybe if those articles and all this fear-mongering stopped happening, then the FIA wouldn’t need to resort to implementing such regulations in order to appease the “moaners” – as I all them, the amount of fans who at every single rule change or ‘dull patch’ scream: “NO THE SPORT WILL BE RUINED!”

    • @fom-fan There are many, many ideas to improve competition that are far better than this one. Maybe some of those ideas should be tried before scraping this stupid idea from the bottom of the barrel.

      You just said yourself in your earlier post that it won’t make a difference anyway. So why bother to do it in the first place? If it will make no difference, then it won’t satisfy all the “moaner” anyway, and it’s pointless.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 9th December 2013, 22:59

      @fom-fan, in the hope that you may actually be connected to FOM I will try to answer your appeal, yes there are people who complain about a dominant driver winning every race but these are not long-time fans, these are casual fans with short attention spans, they loved how the tyres made a different team a winner every race until they got bored with the randomness of it all, these people will always complain that they are bored before they move on to the next big thing.
      Real fans, long term fans, want to see real racing with real cars that have real differences and a real champion at the end of year.

      • FOM Fan (@) said on 14th December 2013, 15:37

        I am not in any way connected with FOM. And even if I was, if FOM took every fan’s viewpoint on board, judging by the majority of the comments on here, we’d probably have a spec series, which IMO completely devalues the technical challenge of the championship.

        It’s a sad truth, that there are significantly less die-hard fans that there are casual fans, as a result, any tweaks that are made are designed to appeal to casual fans.

        “Real fans” will watch F1 regardless of what it is, if the technical challenge for the teams and drivers is still there. Doubling the points for the season finale is hardly going to let a rank outsider win the championship, and if it does, maybe the driver that lost out in the final race should have performed better in the previous rounds, to have built up enough of a lead? Personally, the only ‘gimmick’ that I dislike in motor racing is Reverse grids, in any shape or form.

  13. John H (@john-h) said on 9th December 2013, 21:42

    Slowly watching F1 implode…

  14. I propose that “spin the bottle” be played after every GP and whoever “wins” loses all the points earned so far.

  15. thatscienceguy said on 9th December 2013, 21:48

    This is actually an extremely clever move by the FIA – driver’s Superlicense fees are determined by the number of points they score.

    More points scored = higher Superlicense fee.

  16. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 9th December 2013, 21:51

    Which clowns among us have actually voted that this is a good idea? Shame on you, you are not fans of competitive sport, you are merely fans of spectacle.

  17. Cam (@cjm76) said on 9th December 2013, 21:52

    Consistency should be rewarded. It’s as simple as that.

    As much as I would like to see someone other than Vettel winning the championship next year, is is unjust for such a large bags of point to be on offer at the final race.
    As others have stated. A nominal amount of points for pole (say 2), same for fastest lap. What about awarding points for pit crews to go to constructors championship for fastest pitstop of the weekend.
    Any more of this and I’ll start watching Formula E. Oh no!

  18. Raising the value of the last race lowers the values of the other 18 races. How can that possibly be good for the sport?

    NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship was a stupid idea that hasn’t worked to generate excitement, but this is even more stupid. At least NASCAR spreads the stupid over 10 races; F1 will be cramming a full dose of stupid all in one race.

    This is such a stupid idea, I have to think that cooler heads will prevail at some point, and this will be reversed. I certainly hope so.

  19. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 9th December 2013, 21:59

    Cock. Absolute and utter cock.
    Every time the FIA and other have tried to ‘improve the show’ they have produced utterly squelchy results. DRS, mandatory tyre changes, marshmallow tyres and now this.
    I cannot believe how annoyed this has made me. All those departed greats must be spinning in their graves – Enzo, Chapman, Tyrell, Clarke, Hill, Senna. What would they think has happened to their sport?
    Who exactly is on this F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission? Mickey Mouse, Super Mario and Dick Dastardly? How much did Abu Dhabi pay?
    Utter self-erectors: all of them.

  20. GongTong (@gongtong) said on 9th December 2013, 21:59

    What? Why…?

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