Christian Horner, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

Horner open to double points for last three race

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Christian Horner, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says extending the unpopular double points plan to three races instead of one could make it less of a lottery.

Asked whether the sport’s determination to introduce a rule which an overwhelming majority of fans oppose Horner said: “I think of course the fans’ opinions matter and I think that I don’t think it’s any secret that I wasn’t particularly in favour of it.”

“I can understand why the governing body and the promoter are keen to keep the championship alive until the last race but two out of the last four years it’s gone to the last race under the previous points scoring system.”

Bernie Ecclestone originally proposed to offer double points at the last three races of the year, after Sebastian Vettel on last year’s championship with three races to spare. Horner suggested that might be a better solution.

“It would probably be better to, rather than look at just the last race, if you’re going to end up dealing with the points, is look at more than one race. Look at three races, maybe take away an element of lottery over that last race.

“But it is what it is, it’s the same for everybody as we stand here and that’s what we’ve got.”

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  1. That just makes it worse!

  2. Christian Horner has been doing a lot of thinking

    I think of course the fans’ opinions matter and I think that I don’t think it’s any secret that I wasn’t particularly in favour of it.

    Too bad most it’s backwards.

    Look at three races, maybe take away an element of lottery over that last race

    See, we’ve just created a totally unnecessary problem, so if we spread it out three times as wide it’ll be thinner and seem less stupid, see?

    1. Which is a perfectly valid point. Three races with double points dilute a bit the lottery-effect of having just one.

      Ofc, it would be better to have none at all, but he’s saying this is the lesser of two evils. And it is.

  3. We should have double points for the first race. That’ll help Christian finish his car.

  4. As I’ve said before, you can make double points races if the races themselves are double length. I don’t want a double length Abu Dhabi run, though. The F1 600km of Montreal? Yes! The Monza 600? Definitely (it’s a short race anyway)!

    Otherwise, do away with all of this nonsense. You want to take the “lottery” part out of it, then remove it altogether and then we’ll be back to winning based on skill and strategy.

    1. @steevkay
      I agree. But that is not why they are doing it. They are ONLY doing it to keep the championship battle going for longer, and a Monza 600 won’t help to achieve that.
      Although a double length Monza or Montreal would be quite brilliant.

  5. how about double points for anyone not called Vettel…..

  6. I don’t think the double points is a good idea like many of the other F1Fanatics. But if this rule HAS to exist. then I think it should be implemented only if the Championship hasn’t been decided before the final round.

    I agree with @mads that it will screw up a team/driver depending on how the race goes. Whether a DNF or an incident in the race causing to lose positions. But ideally if it is a normal race then the top teams will still be at the top and the only difference will be that the points they receive are more than normal.
    Last year it would not have mattered if the double points existed or not, Vettel still would’ve won the championship. The only difference is Vettel would have 447 points instead of the 397 he has.

  7. Interesting. Question is, what would he want in return for supporting this?

  8. Why don’t we award double points at every race, then every round would be more important and the focus on every round would be increased.

  9. Horner really is Bernie’s whore.

    1. @joepa

      And you really need to read carefully what was said. Carefully.

  10. If double-points absolutely have to happen, then it is probably better that it happens in the last three races instead of just one. At the very least, it will prevent a situation from arising where a championship is settled on the back of a single result, and should one driver get a bad result in a double-points races, they will at least have the opportunity to try again in the next.

  11. how about a double points match for an all day endurance run, most laps from sun-up to sun-down. I think if you are going to put in double points you should at least make the event worth the double points, and not just because it has snazzy hotels and deep pockets hosting it.

  12. Horner is saying this because he’s realised that could be the key to RBs title fight if Renault don’t get there act together quickly!!

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