Christian Horner has said that the FIA needs to think 'very carefully' about the decision to make this year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix worth double the usual number of championship points.
The 2014 finale was given extra importance in a bid to keep the championship race alive to the end of the campaign, particularly in light of Sebastian Vettel's dominance in the second half of 2013. The German, who drives for Horner's Red Bull Racing team, returned from the series' summer break to win all nine remaining races, wrapping up his fourth straight championship title at the Indian Grand Prix and removing a lot of tension from the final rounds.
Initial response to the announcement that double points would be awarded was largely negative – and even F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who concedes that he would personally install a similar format on more than one race, has admitted that the decision could be reversed. Horner, meanwhile, insisted that it was not RBR's fault that recent championships had failed to carry the excitement through to the end of the year, and added his own questions to the FIA's decision.
“It can either work for or against you,” he told reporters at an event at Bloomberg's European headquarters in London, “Is it right to put so much predominance on one race? Does it undervalue what you've done in the rest of the year? I think, arguably, yes it does. We need to think very carefully about it.”