FIA president Jean Todt insists that the decision to award double points for the 2014 F1 season finale 'isn't such a dramatic change'.
Under rule changes announced earlier this month, double points will be handed out for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
in an effort to maintain interest in the fight for the championship until the last race of the year.
The move hasn't gone down well with fans or with a number of people within the F1 paddock, but Todt said it was just a 'small change' and not as dramatic as some are making out.
"Well, so much is said, but really it's not such a dramatic change," he told AS
. "For me, the introduction of the new 1.6 litre engine with a 40 per cent fuel reduction is much more important. And our priority is to reduce costs.
"I think the change of points in one race is not a revolution. It's a small change and nothing more."
The idea has also garnered support from Mercedes, with Niki Lauda agreeing with Bernie Ecclestone that the double points should be handed out for more than one race, and Toto Wolff suggesting that the awards could be handed out in a different way.
"A (higher) distribution (of points) for regions or continents would make sense,” he was quoted as telling Speedweek