Toto Wolff, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014

Teams surprised by reaction against double points

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Toto Wolff, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014Formula One’s team principals admit they were surprised by the strength of the reaction against the plan to award double points at the final race of the season.

Fans have overwhelmingly criticised the plan, with 96% opposing it in a recent F1 Fanatic poll.

The idea was proposed by Bernie Ecclestone in an attempt to prevent a repeat of last year’s decline in viewing figures in the final races.

“I think when it was decided we didn’t put too much emphasis on it,” said Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff, “we didn’t think it was a big drama.”

“It’s clear that you have to support the commercial rights holder and if TV audience dropping I think we have an obligation to listen.”

“When we got the reaction afterwards it was not what we expected. You have to honour that and I think nothing has changed since then. The last race remains double points. Let’s see what we are able to do next year.”

Claire Williams and McLaren’s Eric Boullier endorsed Wolff’s view during the team principals’ press conference in Melbourne.

The possibility of awarding points for qualifying positions has also been raised. Renault’s Rob White said: “I think as long as the points structure is understood in advance it’s an optimisation target like all the rest and Formula One is a fantastic machine for getting the best out of a given set of constraints.”

“I personally am not in favour of things that are hard to understand. And therefore if it gets too complicated I won’t like it.”

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  1. I think it is incredibly arrogant for them to ignore our concerns this year and talk about next year. WE are the reason there is a sport. WE ultimately decide if money is spent on advertising to pay THEIR bills.

    I absolutely love Formula 1, but I’ll be damned if I’ll watch the last race this year. That’s the only way I get to “vote”, so I’m going to do it.

    1. @daved A midseason rule change would only make things worse. It would favor certain teams over others. It would also set a bad precedent, that the rules can change at any time (and we know how that can be abused).

      Let the change happen for 2015.

      1. @journeyer
        Who said anything of midseason rule change? The season hasn’t even started yet, they could just change the rule now. But that’s only the stuff of dreams.

        1. That was my reasoning as well. It hasn’t started so just change the silly rule.

  2. If the powers that be in F1 were surprised by the reaction of fans to double points at the final race it just shows how out of touch they are.

    The decline in viewing figures last year was simply due to the continued domination of the sport by Vettel and Red Bull not because of the points system.

    In F1 there will always be seasons where one team and driver dominate and if they do it is only right that they clinch the title early.

    1. If the powers that be in F1 were surprised by the reaction of fans to double points at the final race it just shows how out of touch they are.


  3. Personally I think all these excuses of the fans complaining of ……… are overblown. Most organisations recognise that the time to worry is when the ‘great unwashed’ stop complaining.
    Take lack of overtaking complaints. It is quite obviously they haven’t watched many races as some of the best F1 action has taken place when two drivers have fought for any laps and in the end no overtaking has taken place.
    Give people the best food in the world and there would still be complaints because they hadn’t been fed on fat overloaded burgers, heavily salted chips covered in sugar rich tomato ketchup.

    But this idea of double points has to be stupid. And has occurred because of the move to PPV, and the subsequent loss of viewers, which will mean less sponsorship etc. etc.

    Maybe, we the fans, should consider, if the championship results are altered because of this ridiculous decision, should consider each of us making a small donation to buy a trophy and get Keith to present it, to the true champion.

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