Double points “not destroying Formula One” – Todt

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Start, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Jean Todt continues to defend the widely condemned plan for double points in the last race of the season.


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Todt: Revamp will save F1 (The Telegraph)

“Todt says, on the contrary, that double points is ‘100 per cent not destroying Formula One’, and instead encourages the rule’s critics to ‘make a proposal’.”

Jenson Button interview: ‘It’s when you are away from racing that it hits you like a stake through the heart’ (The Independent)

“Somebody wrote me a nice message which said, ‘Everyone else’s lives will go back to normal but it won’t for you. But never feel guilty about having a laugh or a smile because that’s what he’d want.’ That was a lovely message. But it’s when you are away from racing or from people, that’s when it hurts. It hits you like a stake through the heart.”

Porsche could have been forced into F1 (Autosport)

“Incoming Porsche chairman Matthias Muller and other senior company personnel openly talked about a F1 return in autumn 2010 at a time when it was in the process of making its decision.”

Kimi and Fernando at the 059/3 premiere (Ferrari)

Kimi Raikkonen: “As for the others? I don’t fear them and even if anyone’s quicker than us we are only at the first race.”

Fernando Alonso: “Every new season you think you can do well…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“It’s not like other years when you arrive here and you have a more ambitious target, I think this year everyone is more calm and everyone is a little bit more cautious about the possibility of finishing the race.”

‘People don’t know what I’m capable of’ (ESPN)

Daniel Ricciardo: “There’s a bit more, for sure, since Mark [Webber] stepped aside and I’ve moved up. I think everyone’s curious, along with me, to see how I go. A lot of people don’t really know what I’m capable of so it’s curiosity for now. Seb’s been so dominant so people are asking ‘can this kid really take it to him?’.”

Grand prix stress ‘may harm swans’ (The Age)

“[Professor] Mulder’s concern is especially for the younger birds being exposed to about 100 decibels, the noise level 100 metres from the track.”

New technological challenges (MotorSport)

John Surtees: “A top team would have something like 10 sets of earpieces for each driver every year, which would normally cost £300 per set. However, with the new regulations and specification required that figure will now be something like £1600 per set. I suppose there will also be a question mark over how reliable these sensors are and how useful the information provided will be. But I suppose that if you use the word ‘safety’ no one can argue.”

10 cars that changed Formula One (CNN)

“The 64 years of F1 history have been marked by moments of design genius which have changed the elite motorsport, at least until the next maverick idea came along.”

Australian Grand Prix Betting: Ferrari & Williams Can Challenge Mercedes (Unibet)

My Australian Grand Prix preview for Unibet.


Comment of the day

Are the new qualifying rules a change for the better?

First of all, this is a great example of the FIA overcomplicating things to make their vision work. It would be better to remove the ‘start on the set of tyres you qualified on’ altogether, but instead they insist on making things even more confusing than they already are.

Secondly, the new rules will move the problem from Q3 to Q2: the midfield teams will not want to risk running too fast in case they might have to start on a scrub set of tyres. The frontrunner teams will do their utmost best to only just make it into Q3, so they have the best tyres as possible at the start of the race. As a result, the first 13 minutes of Q2 will see no running at all, while the last 2 minutes will see all drivers running.

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78 comments on Double points “not destroying Formula One” – Todt

  1. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 13th March 2014, 0:04

    “Todt says, on the contrary, that double points is ’100 per cent not destroying Formula One’, and instead encourages the rule’s critics to ‘make a proposal’.”

    Alright then, Jean. Get rid of it.

    • Tiago Sá said on 13th March 2014, 0:24

      This, but also limit teams to have a maximum of 250 people that work on their cars. Not one more. Forbid outsourcing of everything but the engines and the spec parts, and you get your cost reduction and your level playing field all in one strike.

      Is that proposal enough for you mister Todt?

      You know nothing mister Todt, nothing!

    • Daniel Brennan (@dannyisf1) said on 13th March 2014, 0:36

      Honestly Todt and the FIA have very little control over the things like this these days because of Bernie & the FOM, whatever silly regulation they think will bring in more TV audiences will obviously win out vs the FIA.

      • Sir OBE said on 13th March 2014, 2:54

        Actually, it’s FIA and only FIA who has the final say on all the sporting matters. FOM is there just for commercial aspects. Now, the fact that Bernie can lobby FIA is another thing.

      • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 13th March 2014, 9:04

        Actually, the strategy group means that if the FIA and the teams don’t agree with Bernie, they can close him out.

        The problem comes when Bernie greases the wheels of enough teams to give his view the majority.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 13th March 2014, 0:52

      My proposal; Single points. there Magic, so easy and it’s been proven to work.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 13th March 2014, 0:55

        Of course this doesn’t increase the FIAs take like double points would, but the FIA already increased the fees they charge the teams, now that’s a budget saving.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 13th March 2014, 10:15

      It’s very telling that he feels the need to keep coming out and attacking critics of the double points rule. There must be some pressure on him to try and get the fans back on side. Obviously it’s not going to happen but it shows that some people within the FIA aren’t happy!

  2. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 13th March 2014, 0:04

    Todt wants a proposal? Drop the double-points finale rule. There you have my proposal.

  3. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 13th March 2014, 0:05

    Is it me, or has frequent recent use of twitter made Hartstein more…informal?

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 13th March 2014, 9:06

      It’s, by definition, an informal social network. 140 characters (even without the @reply penalty) is not enough for a long-winded explanation of medical science. He was also responding to a snap-query by something else.

      If he feels he needs to explain stuff in depth, he has his blog for that.

  4. matt90 (@matt90) said on 13th March 2014, 0:07

    encourages the rule’s critics to ‘make a proposal’

    Get rid of the rule! There, that wasn’t difficult. I’d even go as far as calling it painfully obvious, seeing as the rule is universally, almost unanimously hated and easily retractable. “Make a proposal”?! Honestly, how condescending can you be while acting bafflingly clueless.

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 13th March 2014, 0:14

      @matt90 It’s a trap. Todt wants us to come up with a way to keep the title going right down to the wire (and/or make Abu Dhabi extra special). If not double points, he wants something else. Heck, I would’ve taken a “drop the 3 worst results” rule over double points.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 13th March 2014, 0:21

        Seeing as 5 of the last 8 championships have gone down to the wire (particularly remarkable considering how many rounds the season is run over) without double points, remaining without a super-bonus-funanza-finale IS a way to keep it going to the wire. That’s the second worst part of the rule (after the complete disregard for sporting integrity)- it’s a fix for a problem which doesn’t exist.

      • Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 13th March 2014, 0:26

        Agreed. Both with the “trap” insight and the counterproposal. At least erasing the worst results has some history. With more attrition, why not return to the pre-2010 points as well?

      • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 13th March 2014, 8:12

        Todt wants us to come up with a way to keep the title going right down to the wire (and/or make Abu Dhabi extra special).

        How about two slightly shorter races over the final weekend of the season? Both with normal points allocation, of course. Make them both slightly shorter to avoid any potential ‘fuel-saving’ drives and allow more ‘100%’ racing.

    • Daniel Brennan (@dannyisf1) said on 13th March 2014, 0:39

      Yet again, it was Bernie and the FOM who cameup with these silly regs, Todt can’t really do much to change them, even though he is head of the FIA…

  5. money (@carlos-danger) said on 13th March 2014, 0:08

    Porsche would have been mired in mediocrity if they took the extraordinary step to formula 1. I think Porsche should be more concerned about being dominated by Audi over and over again. by the way good hang in there Jenson.

    • George (@george) said on 13th March 2014, 0:31

      Peugeot weren’t dominated by Audi, Toyota weren’t dominated by Audi, why should Porsche be?

      What I do find ironic is that Porsche supposedly chose Le Mans over F1 because of road relevance, but they’re using a V4 when all their road cars are 6 or 8 cylinder, while Audi and Toyota who use mainly 4 cylinders in their road cars are racing a V6 or V8…

      • timi (@timi) said on 13th March 2014, 1:59

        @george I think they meant road-relevance in a general sense. One must remember that Volkswagen group owns both Audi and Porsche so they most likely share an awful lot of resources. It’s for that same reason I doubt Porsche actually care too much about being dominated by Audi @carlos-danger. They’ve even gone as far as sharing chassis for some of their 2015 and 2016 road cars. It’s a win-win for them no matter what. Volkswagen group is a behemoth.
        Also note, V6’s are a world away from the flat 6’s porsche uses. A reason why I think there should be a restriction on engines, e.g max. 1.6L V6 or something, but the manufacturer can use anything up to that. So a V4 or flat 6. It would be great to have different types of engine back on the grid, and would have most definitely been more inticing to Porsche who have pretty much specialised in the Flat 6 for over 50 years now. 3 engine manufacturers isn’t healthy for F1

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 13th March 2014, 6:41

      On Jenson, that’s terribly hard and keeping yourself busy helps alleviate the pain but in the end, only time will help him to adapt and move on, you never be the same because “something” will be missing. however, down the road, you will learn how to live a normal and happy life without your “missing piece”. For now, Jenson, just try to do the things that would make your dad happy and you will feel better.

      • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 13th March 2014, 9:11

        I get the feeling him finally proposing to Jessica signifies he has accepted it and he’s moving into a new chapter of his life.

        He’s always said things like ‘I’m not thinking about children’, but losing a parent can kick someone’s priorities around.

  6. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 13th March 2014, 0:09

    That Age article is about as weird as it gets. Surely the problem was the same last year and the year before (and indeed all the years F1 has been in Albert Park), why try and argue this point now when it hasn’t been brought up in the last 18 years?

  7. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 13th March 2014, 0:16

    Hang on a minute. Are you telling me that the VW Group is so… unkeen on F1 that they would rather have two of their companies battling at Le Mans rather than having both feet in the top two motorsports in the world? Golly gee.

    • iFuel said on 13th March 2014, 0:52

      Costs and risks involved in F1 are much greater… Want it or not, is not good for the public perception of your car brand if they are soundly beaten by a energy drinks brand

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th March 2014, 5:09

      …they would rather have two of their companies battling at Le Mans rather than having both feet in the top two motorsports in the world

      Yes, because that way even if they lose, they win.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th March 2014, 11:23

      Yes @journeyer, although part of it is what @geemac mentions, at LeMans they still win regardless who wins between Porsche and Audi. Another part is that it will only move into F1 when people on top change (Bernie on one side and the VW top on the other side)

  8. I subscribe @andae23 I feel exactly the same. Yesterday I likened the fia to publi offices, they just need to justify their weight in f1. With their new increased role in f1 they’ll expand and try new things and make dodgy deals, i think f1 will succeed but it will end unrecognizable.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 13th March 2014, 7:00


      Killing the ridiculous “start on same tyres” rule would solve the problem. Easy.

      Todt FIA has let me down, once again.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 13th March 2014, 10:26

      It’s true but as the FIA are never going to back down and admit that they are wrong to impose this rule, I’d rather they chance it so that Q2 is now a farce instead of Q3.

      Atleast it’ll force everyone to run in Q2 as opposed to last year where someone like Toro Rosso would do a great job to get into Q3 and would then not run….

  9. looseasagoose (@looseasagoose) said on 13th March 2014, 0:46

    Todt wants a proposal? Drop Todt

  10. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 13th March 2014, 0:46

    That The Age article… Really? Like, really?
    To any Australian readers or anyone who knows of The Age for that matter, are they always this desperate?

    • Mitch (@mwyndo7) said on 13th March 2014, 0:59

      They love to complain about ANYTHING related to the Australian GP. They mostly whine: “It costs too much!”, but now the wellbeing of these poor swans is at risk.

      • Mike (@mike) said on 13th March 2014, 8:46

        … Well, look. I think the well being of the animals in the area is actually important. I think the damage humans do by holding that race isn’t a good thing.

        I think you have to be blind not to acknowledge it.

    • iFuel said on 13th March 2014, 1:20

      By the wording on the announcement and on the tweet, it looks like it will be a one-off livery just for Melbourne.. I think this match Dennis statement that they will have a title-sponsor later, so for now, they use an interim livery to do something relatively meaningful instead of displaying “MP4-29″ plastered all over the car

  11. Sir OBE said on 13th March 2014, 1:08

    Is that like some trick question by Todt?
    Like trying to make us come up with something, when the correct answer is actually “nothing”?
    It looks like they simply can’t see forest from the trees. I mean, they are so deep that they forgot there was no problem to begin with. Hard to find a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.

  12. In_Silico (@insilico) said on 13th March 2014, 1:35

    If there’s one driver I’d want to do well this season, it’s Jenson Button. I can’t even imagine how hard it’s been for him over the winter.. I really do hope and expect that McLaren will be strong this year. And I reckon Magnussen is going to shine this season aswell. Him and Bottas have huge amounts of promise which I hope they can both show in competitive cars this year.

  13. @andae23 you have more COTDs than DiCaprio has Oscars, maybe he should come by and try an award here :P

  14. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 13th March 2014, 1:43

    Unless there’s been some form of controversy during the season, the only drivers press conference worth seeing is the Australian GP. Gonna be interesting to here what the drivers have to say.

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