Double points “probably not fair”, Ecclestone admits

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Start, Yas Marina, 2013Bernie Ecclestone has acknowledged his plan to award double points for the last race of the season is unfair.

The new rule which awards double points for the final race of the season in Abi Dhabi had an overwhelmingly negative reception from fans when it was announced in December. A poll of F1 Fanatic readers indicated 96% opposed it.

However Ecclestone said in an interview with Sky: “I wouldn’t have suggested it if I’d have thought it wasn’t the right thing to do.”

Ecclestone originally wanted the final three races to all be worth double points. “I was concerned that the championship would still be maybe open with two or three races to go and then somebody could catch up,” he said.

He admitted awarding twice as many points for the last round was “probably not fair”

“Somebody’s done all that work early on, got so many points, and somebody can just pop in an do [it] in a couple of races.”

Eight days ahead of Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix, Ecclestone said the matter was a cause for concern with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

“He is not happy with the way the sport is begin run at the moment,” said Ecclestone. “And this is the sort of thing that could tip him over.”

“I’m sure Dietrich is there for the sport. What he doesn’t understand is silly regulations, which he [considers] silly, which is what happened in Australia, for a start.”

“I think we’ve got a little bit too clinical,” Ecclestone added. “I think the stewards should think a little bit more about the sport.”

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25 comments on Double points “probably not fair”, Ecclestone admits

  1. Mike (@mike) said on 6th April 2014, 15:41

    Where is our Bernie and who is this imposter?

  2. Yeah, ‘probably’.

  3. Ben Thomas (@madaboutgp) said on 6th April 2014, 15:54

    Has Bernie come to his senses? “Probably”.

  4. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 6th April 2014, 15:59

    Now they are playing jokes on the fans? This isn’t even funny any more.

  5. Breno (@austus) said on 6th April 2014, 15:59

    I’m sure Dietrich isnt there for the sport.

    • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 6th April 2014, 20:21

      @austus, I thought exactly the same thing (Brundle interview with Bernie). Brundle also let Bernie off easy when he asked if Bernie is trying to knock the price down and buy the sport back. “Not really, no” is not “No.”

  6. Racehound said on 6th April 2014, 16:15

    Every time Bernie Shekelstone opens his mouth he proves beyond doubt he has lost the plot!!! His “artificially wet” race idea was the high point of his decline into dementia!!

    • Racehound said on 6th April 2014, 16:18

      oops….forgot to add that his interview in Malaysia, where he answered questions with a question or gave almost single word answers was cringe inducing to watch. Hes absolutely clueless as to what to do now he can see the disaster he has created with this “new era” F1. Hopeless.

      • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 6th April 2014, 20:23

        @Racehound I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a carefully orchestrated public relations ploy so that people don’t take Bernie seriously, dismiss him as past it, and then he comes in with a killer move and takes control of some other huge part of the sport, for 100+ years…

  7. JCost (@jcost) said on 6th April 2014, 17:39

    I’m sure it is.

  8. George (@george) said on 6th April 2014, 17:58

    So it’s not fair but it was the right decision? For who Bernie?

  9. DC (@dujedcv) said on 6th April 2014, 18:04

    Wel Bernie, you are are two faced son of a female dog.
    Probably

  10. Michael Brown (@) said on 6th April 2014, 18:04

    Ok, what is Bernie trying to direct our attention from this time?

  11. matt90 (@matt90) said on 6th April 2014, 18:04

    I think it would be better if he actually maintained a little bit of consistency and a shred of integrity, for the sake of F1’s reputation if nothing else. Either shut up or scrap it. I am perfectly happy hearing people complain about it, but not the fool who actually implemented it.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 7th April 2014, 13:43

      Agreed.

      And he isn’t even making any sense. If he thought the Championships might be open with 2 or 3 races to go, then there should be no need to manipulate the results. That should bring us close enough to the end with a mystery still in it that points manipulation should not have been needed.

      But it’s not about the sport, it’s about the ratings.

      Yet when it comes to RBR deciding they knew better than the FIA, the stewards, and the other teams, and the stewards decided to hold them to account for not playing on the same level, THAT is unsporting of the stewards? Too ‘clinical’? Should RBR be able to design their own wing flex tests from now on?

  12. Joaquin (@fat-tyre) said on 6th April 2014, 18:14

    “I think the stewards should think a little bit more about the sport.” He is just trying to influence the outcome of the appeal.

  13. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 6th April 2014, 20:01

    Has Bernie received a cheque from somebody to say this ?
    It’s like saying ” ok . I understand it’s a little bit unfair , but yeah , we will get on with it “

  14. Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 6th April 2014, 20:15

    Bernie Ecclestone is like the Jimmy “The Chin” Gigante of F1. He comes across as a doddering old simpleton, yet he manages to come out ahead all the time. Either he’s a strategic genius behind the scenes, or the rest of the F1 cabal are squabbling children who can’t get their act together to save their lives. Probably a bit of both. The double-points scheme might have had the tiniest shred of credibility had it been imposed with no other rules changes, but not at the same time as drastically changing the formula and half a dozen other rules changes for the 2014 season. In hindsight its looking completely indefensible and even Bernie can no longer pretend to deny it. If Mercedes lose a dominant season to a double-points award to a second-half resurgent Red Bull in the last race there’s going to be blood on the streets.

  15. gDog said on 7th April 2014, 0:21

    Can we, as fans, sue Bernie for bringing the sport into disrepute?

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