Bernie Ecclestone has claimed that the controversial double points rule has been introduced to help Ferrari compete.

It was confirmed in December that the 2014 season would end with a race worth double in Abu Dhabi, but the move has proved unpopular and received criticism from fans and some team members. However, Christian Sylt writes in CityAM that Ecclestone told Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo the rule was introduced in to benefit his team.

Speaking about di Montezemolo, Ecclestone said: "He was talking about it and I said: 'It is very simple why we got that [rule]. It is because you aren't performing. If you were doing what you should be doing there wouldn't be any need for it.' He said: 'I know, I know.'"

Ferrari hasn't won a drivers' championship since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, while Red Bull has dominated both championships throughout the last four seasons. Christian Horner is against the rule, but wants to see it tweaked if it is to stay.

"Two out of the last four years, it's gone to the last race under the previous points scoring system so it would probably be better to look at [awarding double points at] three races to take away an element of lottery over that last race," Horner said.