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Ecclestone reiterates double points idea

Bernie Ecclestone reiterates that he would like to see double points offered for the final three races of the 2014 season rather than just the Abu Dhabi season finale
Bernie Ecclestone has reiterated his desire to see double points awarded for the final three races of the upcoming F1 season.

Under controversial plans in place for 2014, double points will be handed out for the season finale in Abu Dhabi – a move that hasn't gone down well with fans, teams or drivers alike.

Ecclestone himself had said he would prefer to see the final three rounds of the year run with double points on offer, with the BBC reporting that the commercial rights holder has now written to teams in an effort to extend the proposal to include the races in Austin and at Interlagos.

Such a move would need unanimous backing from F1's competing teams, although it remains to be seen if such support would be forthcoming.

Indeed, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he felt the issue needed to be discussed in more details given the backlash from fans to the proposals.

"Ninety-nine per cent of the fans say it is the wrong move, so perhaps it is something we have to revisit," Wolff said [see separate story here].

"Everything is possible. We had another meeting and decided to keep it for the moment. Discussions are ongoing."

Fellow team boss Christian Horner however said he felt there was currently 'too much emphasis on one race' and that extending the plans would at least 'take away an element of lottery over that last race'.

In a Crash.net poll last month, just over 90 per cent of those people to reply said they felt the move to double points was a step too far.



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