Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013

Don’t want double points? Tell the teams that matter

CommentPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013“At the final event of the championship points for both titles will be doubled.”

This controversial clause, added to article 6.4 of the 2014 Sporting Regulations last month, is to be debated again by the F1 Strategy Group in two days’ time.

Responses from fans to the rule have been extremely negative. In a poll of more than 800 registered F1 Fanatic readers 91% opposed the double points rule.

Critics of the rule described it as unfair, artificial and likely to make a mockery of the championship if it was decided the title in favour of a driver who benefited from it. Two wins at the start of the season will be worth less than one win and a tenth place at the end of it if the regulation is not scrapped.

The rule was proposed by Bernie Ecclestone after last year’s championship was decided with three races to go. Highlighting the knee-jerk nature of the plan, Ecclestone originally proposed offering double points for the last three races of the year, but amid opposition his proposal was watered down to a single race.

He now claims the scheme could not be dropped in time for the new season but might still be expanded to three races. This is obviously disingenuous and should not be taken at face value as he is the instigator and most ardent supporter of the proposal.

Emboldened by fierce criticism of double points from fans, journalists and past champions, and able to take advantage of Ecclestone’s political weakness, the Strategy Group could water down his plan even further and rid the sport of it completely.

In the six weeks since the rule was announced I have been inundated with emails, Tweets and Facebook messages from fans criticising the double points rule. I sympathise with this point of view and it’s encouraging to see major newspapers, media agencies and television news stations have picked up on the fans’ revolt against the idea expressed on F1 Fanatic.

I have had some requests to promote online petitions against the plan. Though well-intentioned, I feel they are flawed as the FIA, FOM and the teams have no reason to go looking at these websites in the first place and no reason to assume the results haven’t been rigged somehow.

If you want to make your point about double points to those who matter in the clearest and most effective way possible then contact them directly. Six teams are represented on the Strategy Group and some of them have already indicated their displeasure with the rule including Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Here’s how to contact the six Strategy Group teams on your favourite social network and by more traditional means:

Team Twitter Facebook Google + Email Post
Ferrari @InsideFerrari Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari contact form Address
Red Bull @RedBullRacing Red Bull Red Bull feedback@redbullf1.com Address
Mercedes @MercedesAMGF1 Mercedes Mercedes enquiries@mercedes-amg-f1.com Address
McLaren @McLarenF1 McLaren McLaren Address
Lotus @Lotus_F1Team Lotus Lotus Lotus contact form Address
Williams @WilliamsF1Team Williams Williams enquiries@williamsf1.com Address

It’s not unheard of for the rules of F1’s points system to be changed this close to the start of the season. The last such change occurred in February 2010. The vast majority of F1 fans are hoping for the same this year to eradicate the folly the sport embarked upon during the off-season.


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  1. My letter ended up being far longer than the couple of paragraphs I anticipated. I just couldn’t contain my frustration, so went into a lot of detail over everything wrong with it.

    1. @matt90 That may have been counter-productive. If it’s too long, there’s a chance the guy reading it may get bored and simply delete it. Short and to the point will do wonders.

      Remember, the teams know (and agree with) everything wrong with it, they don’t need anybody else telling them that. They need to see that there are lots of people that care enough to contact them.

      1. Yeah that’s what I was thinking. I might do a heavily cut down version. Mine was more appropriate for a blog post/open letter unfortunately.

    2. And it won’t ever be read by the multimillionaires running the teams…

  2. It would be cool if any one of us got an official response from the teams.

  3. This is a good idea and all but isn’t it a bit too late now? I’m sure the teams already know whether the rule will stay or not, remember what Boullier said?

    I think what we also need is that current drivers give their opinion, like Vettel did because team principals will listen more to them, too bad most of them are too “busy” (on holiday) to even bother commenting about it.

  4. I see what you mean, sometimes it can be a little biased in here (after all an F1 fanatic is running this site!) but that’s the way most fans feel anyway so why not give them a voice?

    The double points, well I guess I could live with it but what worries me is that it could lead to other ridiculous ideas which would really bother me.

  5. Sounds like a good use of Ferrari’s online Q&A with Stefano Domenicali, Alonso & Raikkonen.
    #askStefano #askAlo #askKimi
    Don’t expect a personal reply from Kimi.

    1. @bullfrog please can you tell me how? is that on their Twitter? official page? and that would be great

      1. @omarr-pepper On their official page – Ask the Team for sure.
        Twitter – it looks like they’ll read all the questions sent to @InsideFerrari using the tags.

        I guess these questions are for the car launch on Saturday, but it’s worth reminding Domenicali what the fans think of double points!

    2. Good point @bullfrog – I shall do just that!

  6. Double points will be like a Tom and Jerry episode when the poor cat dances tap really hard for a long time, and then Jerry gives just a couple of taps on the floor but gets the dancing prize!
    Sorry for the childish comparison but it’s just like that.

  7. Create a hashtag, guys.
    At least on twitter, it would be easier

  8. I think it might be futile unfortunately. Just strikes me that this might be something Abu Dhabi has ‘encouraged’ (read: bought) to increase its spectacle.

  9. Done! If this rule doesn’t get scrapped at one of these meetings in the next weeks, I’m thinking of compiling a list of contact addresses of F1 sponsors.

  10. I think Bernie did the classic salesman technique here. Offer something really ridiculous (three races with double points) and settle for something that you really would be okay with (one race with double points) while leading the people who were just duped into thinking they got one heck of a deal.

    1. @beejis60
      Yep. That is certainly a classic Bernie move.
      It’s similar to the old Calvin and Hobbs story where Calvin asks his parents if he can set fire to his mattress, or get a chainsaw etc. and then he ask for a simple cookie. Annoyingly Calvin’s parents didn’t fall for it. Unlike FIA… But maybe Bernies endless vault of gold has something to do with just that.

  11. There is also a contact form for the FIA themselves: http://www.fia.com/contact-us

    It would be great if someone could produce an email address for the elusive FOM folks as well.

  12. I don’t like double points.

  13. Man away with u bunch of lunatics.
    I watched wtcc for years&martin used to shout double bubble at Macau.
    This gives a chance to regain a dnf and a win.why is this so unpopular. Points are points To me it makes the entire season extremely important in that u make stoopid mistakes or moves that are not successful and uno its squeeky bum time. One of the crazy ideas that will garantee a final showdown for the title.
    We are not drivers of the f1 beast.Why will this make any difference.
    If anybody can explain to me(without using the word fair)please enlighten me indeed id love a bit sympothy giving lol
    Tiz life like bloody kers&drs tiz f1 now its slipping from the ringmaster.

  14. Tweets Sent :)
    Thanks Keith, hopfully we help the FIA see sense

  15. I’ve just send the teams emails not to bother with the change-adverse small group of hardcore fans that populate sites like this and the F1 forums. These fans will watch regardless.

    Much more important is to keep the large majority of casual fans interested until the very last race and double points might just do the trick.

    Let’s give it a try and see what that rule may bring in 2014.

  16. Good luck.

    The teams are fixated with “improving the show”, and will happily agree to any solution so long as they are able to continue competing the way they have been. Since double points do exactly that, double points are in their interest. They will make a song and dance about it to satisfy the fans, but at the end of the day, it’s the easy way out.

  17. Keith, thanks for keeping this issue in the spotlight. This change horrifies us all and I hope at least 1 team boss is reading your blog.

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