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

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  1. James Allen said on 9th December 2013, 22:00

    If they want to make the championship closer, budget cap and equal prize money, with small bonuses for individual race results, give the lesser teams as much as the bigger ones to narrow the gap

  2. maxthecat said on 9th December 2013, 22:02

    09/12/13 The day F1 officially became an entertainment medium and stopped being a sport. RIP.

  3. N7 (@m77) said on 9th December 2013, 22:02

    what is this, WWE?

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  5. Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 9th December 2013, 22:04

    No wonder they moved Interlagos from the last spot: imagine a World Championship being decided on a classic track where one can crash into walls and stuff.

    I’d rather they staged two races for the last round with the usual points awarded for each than this.

  6. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 9th December 2013, 22:06

    Is this an April Fool’s joke? (looked at the calendar, no not 1st April.) What have the FIA been smoking or injecting?

  7. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910) said on 9th December 2013, 22:10

    Mixed feelings on this.

    Firstly. I think it’s a cool concept. The idea of double points at the finale means that more drivers would potentially have a mathematical chance of winning the championship, which could lead to more excitement. Plus it puts lots of pressure on the drivers/teams to not make mistakes. Overall, it heightens the drama and tension for the finale, which can only be a good thing.

    But, having double points at a race track like Yas Marina is mindblowing really. A terrible track to have the finale and this new rule. I dont think as many people would be angry if it were Interlagos instead. Can you imagine a dry/wet race like in 2012 which had so much excitement, and add on top of that double points.. it would be great in my opinion.

    My main concern with this is the direction in which F1 is going. More and more gimmicks are being added one by one like DRS and highly degradable tyres. The sport is slowly but surely becoming more and more artificial after each season, and it’s becoming alarming. I wouldn’t be surprised to see sprinklers beside the track or reverse grids in the near future.

    Oh dear..

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 9th December 2013, 22:28

      The thing is I don’t think if the finale was at Interlagos this would be happening. I feel there’s more to it than meets the eye.

  8. Andrei (@crandreico) said on 9th December 2013, 22:15

    Now, the best thing that could happen next year, is that both WDC and WCC would be already won on the previous races. Total backfire to the FIA, the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commision.

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

    What if? What if this rule was in place for the 2008 and 2012 seasons we would have had different winners in the WCC.

    2008 –
    Hamilton would have gained 4 extra points for a season total of 102.

    Massa would have gained 10 extra points for a season total of 107 and the WCC.

    2012 –
    Vettel would have gained 8 extra points for a season total of 289.

    Alonso would have gained 18 extra points for a season total of 296 and the WCC.

    This rule change is a bogus artificial stimulant that discounts the results of all the other races in that season.

  10. this is insane. but i think i heard something like this a few months ago. ridiculous!!! unfair and random!!!
    on the other hand, a special race at the end awarding more points (not double, but a 30% increase) could be cool: a longer race or something employing the test drivers with the official drivers. another option could be giving classic tracks more points than the standard, but not abu dhabi…

  11. Breno (@austus) said on 9th December 2013, 22:28

    Hopefully half the field will threat to boycot and create another series again.

  12. 68btyme (@steadyb) said on 9th December 2013, 22:41

    Man this is an absolute travesty!!!!!! Get ready for massive booing at the podium ceremony at the season finally if this gimmick unfairly decides the WDC.

  13. Michael Brown (@) said on 9th December 2013, 22:41

    2012 was a close year, so I went and doubled the points earned at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Here is the top 5 of the Drivers’ standings at the end of 2012
    1. Alonso – 296
    2. Vettel – 289
    3. Button – 213
    4. Raikkonen – 208
    5. Webber – 191

    Hamilton lost out the most due to his retirement, dropping to 6th overall, only 1 point behind Webber. There were no other changes whatsoever to the Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championships, besides Hulkenberg taking 10th from Perez.

    So Alonso would be WDC, by an artificial points system (I know more people wanted him to be WDC, but this is clearly not the right way to do it). The season finale should be treated like every other race in the season. Does the FIA even think anymore?

  14. matt90 (@matt90) said on 9th December 2013, 22:49

    This is almost as terrible an idea as DRS, although at least that made sense in theory. Make the race double length and this might be acceptable (like how in WEC le Mans is worth a bigger points haul due to its length and prestige). As it is, this is the latest in a long line of gimmicks which is seriously making me care less and less about F1. The COTD from the other day had it right. F1 is in poor shape and only getting worse.

  15. TP (@mrtea) said on 9th December 2013, 22:53

    So 22 races, now down to 18……

    I think this is dangerous, and could lead to some ‘crashgate’ tactics, a la ‘Whacky Races’, especially being so rewarding for the front spot…….. There is some serious point in here, somewhere!

    • TP (@mrtea) said on 9th December 2013, 22:57

      Btw it’s my bday today, and I came on here for some good news to cap the day off with… about downhill!

  16. Andrei (@crandreico) said on 9th December 2013, 22:54

    Sir Stirling Moss would be finally a F1 champion with this points system.

  17. Whaat? Wait, what?
    Oh, oh.
    I mean, wow. I don’t know what to say. I don’t understand. Who thought this was a good idea?
    I understand the need to have a thrilling finale, but this is completely wrong.

    Can someone stop this?

  18. Makana (@makana) said on 9th December 2013, 23:02

    Appaling rule! What if there was extreme heat, what if there was an freak accident, then the second could catch up as much as 50 points! Ridiculous… what a Slapstick measure!!!!

  19. matt90 (@matt90) said on 9th December 2013, 23:02

    If somebody wins 2014 only due to getting double points at the last race, I imagine most fans will consider them a fake champion and the rival who lost out an unofficial yet real champion. I certainly will. I will be embarrassed if one of my favourite drivers ‘wins a championship’ like that.

  20. F1ismydrug (@f1ismydrug) said on 9th December 2013, 23:04

    So all people against this artificial idea of double points, please sign this petition to revoke it.

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