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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Should double points be awarded at the season finale?

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

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398 comments on Double points to be awarded for season finale

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  1. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th December 2013, 21:38

    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”

  2. 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.

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

    Slowly watching F1 implode…

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    What? Why…?

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

    what is this, WWE?

  14. Sign this petition:

  15. 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.

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