Double points ‘opposed by most teams’

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Start, Silverstone, 2013In the round-up: As F1 misses a chance to get rid of the double points rule, most competitors are apparently opposed to it.

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F1 will award double points in 2014 (BBC)

“Prior to Wednesday’s meeting in Geneva, one leading team boss, who wanted to remain anonymous, told BBC Sport that ‘most participants would agree to ditch’ the points proposal if they were given the chance.”

Renault: Lotus test absence will hurt (Autosport)

“Clearly anybody that isn’t able to run at Jerez will be a little bit behind and that includes the power unit side of the equation.”

Analysis – head-on comparison: 2013/14 (F1)

“The sidepods and sidepod openings… will grow in size in 2014 thanks to the increased cooling demands of the new power unit coupled with larger mandatory deformable crash structures.”

Santander sponsorship renewal boosts McLaren (Reuters)

“Banking group Santander has renewed its sponsorship deal with McLaren, a boost for the Formula One team which is still seeking a title partner for the coming season.”

Let’s do launch: F1 2014 is go! (McLaren)

“Possibly the very strangest Formula 1 car launch of them all occurred in 1974, when the bizarrely named Maki team took the wraps off its Cosworth-engined contender in a manner than can only be described as bizarre.”

A Great Nine Years: Season 10 Starts Here… (Red Bull via YouTube)

http://youtu.be/oRDjCMdtWck

A memo to all Formula 1 journalists (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“To Formula One journalists attending the three tests and races: please exercise your power and put pressure on all in power to drop double points.”

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Despairing if unsurprised is how I would characterise the reaction to yesterday’s confirmation that the widely hated double points rule isn’t going anywhere for now.

This is yet another example of the FIA being completely out of touch with the core fanbase of this sport. They?re chasing larger audiences in the completely wrong way, instead of fostering closer competition and making a concerted effort to reduce costs they?re chasing gimmicks that debase the sporting credentials of F1 for the sake of ‘entertainment’.

This can only lead to long term damage of the sport in the pursuit of short-term gains. Those that are passionate about what F1 is will be turned off as the traits of the sport that have drawn audiences for decades are eroded and replaced by hollow gimmicks and regulatory manipulations designed solely to create artificial excitement. F1???s credibility as a fair competition will be replaced with a view that it is little more than professional-wrestling in expensive cars. The FIA are determined to make Formula 1 a ??show? by destroying what makes it a sport.
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Happy birthday to Luca Badoer who turns 43 today.

Unfortunately Badoer holds the record for the longest F1 career without scoring a point, with 50 starts. If only his Minardi M01 had kept going those final 13 laps at the Nurburgring in 1999 while he was holding a glorious fourth place.

Badoer also had the second-longest gap between consecutive race appearances, spending nine years, nine months and 24 days on the sidelines between his final race for Minardi that year and his unlikely comeback with Ferrari after Felipe Massa was injured in 2009.

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53 comments on Double points ‘opposed by most teams’

  1. Calum (@calum) said on 24th January 2014, 0:10

    Wooo! Macca launch day!!! :D

  2. TMF (@tmf42) said on 24th January 2014, 0:10

    I’m hoping for a close championship in 2014. But I also hope SV wins Melbourne – just to mess with people from FOM.

  3. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 24th January 2014, 0:15

    Finally Nico has a different helmet so people can easily differ who is who at the Mercedes… unless Hamilton appears with almost the same.

  4. Aren’t the drivers supposed to have their numbers on their helmets?

    Now I know it’s late and I’m tired but nowhere there can I see a six…

  5. Alfie (@alfie) said on 24th January 2014, 0:19

    Tough love, teams, you had your chance to get rid of it

  6. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 24th January 2014, 0:46

    Love that Nico is changing his helmet for something different to Hamilton’s. It was tricky to spot them last year.

    But… what is it? that reverted N, or Z…

  7. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 24th January 2014, 1:15

    I like what Rosberg’s (or the designers) done there. A nice looking-helmet, that. It will help with identifying him from Hamilton, although I didn’t struggle identifying either as much as I thought I would last season!

  8. Chad (@chaddy) said on 24th January 2014, 1:19

    I love Red Bull. Nothing beats a team/organization that combines their excellence and domination with having a great time.

  9. JCost (@jcost) said on 24th January 2014, 7:15

    Fans at Jeres next week should make their voices heard as well.

  10. andae23 (@andae23) said on 24th January 2014, 7:58

    [...] one leading team boss, who wanted to remain anonymous, [...]

    Deep sigh.

  11. Bleu (@bleu) said on 24th January 2014, 8:08

    The group which decided double points had six members from teams, six from FOM and six from FIA. I wonder how big advantage they needed to get that through.

    All six from FOM are probably for double points thanks to Bernie. Teams are against. If it does need majority, then four FIA members are needed so that it goes through. I have a feeling that’s how it went.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 24th January 2014, 15:12

      You are absolutely right re FOM, I suspect only Bernie or an accolyte attends with proxies for the rest, no-one in FOM is going to go against Bernie without getting fired.

  12. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 24th January 2014, 8:19

    “Prior to Wednesday’s meeting in Geneva, one leading team boss, who wanted to remain anonymous, told BBC Sport that ‘most participants would agree to ditch’ the points proposal if they were given the chance.”

    And yet, they have succeeded in doing nothing about it.

    Come on, guys – lets try that again, but this time, with feeling!

  13. Girts (@girts) said on 24th January 2014, 9:03

    I agree with the F1 Broadcasting blog and @colossal-squid.

    The double points rule won’t destroy F1 and one can even find reasons why it is not THAT bad. Yes, every team knows the rule and can pay more attention to preparing their car for the last race (Mark Gillan believes that the new rule might influence the way that the smaller teams in F1 design the cars). Unfortunately no team boss has even tried to explain why this is a good thing.

    The fact that “the teams appear to be in some kind of parallel, distant universe” and “fans feel alienated”, as described by F1 Broadcasting, is what upsets me the most. It seems that they rely on the powerful F1 brand and believe that fans will keep spending their money on race tickets, pay TV packages and sponsors’ products anyway.

    Only time will tell if the teams are right about that but, in my view, all the “funny” tweets, competitions, FOTA fans’ forums and everything else that they do to make their fans feel involved don’t mean much if they cannot explain their actions and ignore the fans’ views when making decisions that really matter.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 24th January 2014, 15:24

      When I was a 9 year old I loved professional wrestling on TV and thought it was all real, I soon saw the truth, as I had with Santa Claus before, and lost interest . From WWE s continued success I assume a portion of the children that watched wrestling on TV stayed fans for the rest of their lives and that must be the group that F1 is hoping to attract.

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 24th January 2014, 19:07

      in my view, all the “funny” tweets, competitions, FOTA fans’ forums and everything else that they do to make their fans feel involved don’t mean much if they cannot explain their actions and ignore the fans’ views when making decisions that really matter.

      Exactly.

  14. JayGeeWales (@jaygeewales) said on 26th January 2014, 10:48

    I agree with the comments of @colossal-squid. The double points has the potential to steal a season from someone at the last post with an unfair advantage, and although, a championship is a championship, if it’s won in this way will leave a sour taste in the mouths of the fans. As has been said it is about attracting new interest to the sport, but this gimmick is only enough of a draw for the first year it is unveiled. So what happens next year?

    Why does Bernie still have all the power? He is bringing the sport into disrepute with his antics, and his suggestions are at best desperate and at worst degrading the sport we all love. But what does the opinion of the millions of fans or the teams count for – when Bernie gets to over ride every decision?

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