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Blame Ferrari for F1's double points in 2014 – Ecclestone

After the double points rule comes in for more criticism in Jerez, Bernie Ecclestone claims it has been introduced to help Ferrari compete
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.

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February 04, 2014 9:13 AM

I've read this on other sites and it's b*llocks on so many levels and guaranteed to get the Ferrari conspiracy theorists jumping up and down before they've had the chance to think. Firstly how does it help Ferrari any more than Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren etc? It potentially helps any team that's not leading the championship, not just Ferrari. Bernie is after a close championship to keep the TV audiences up, he doesn't give a toss if it's Ferrari, Mercedes Red Bull or whoever that's in the running. And if he doesn't think Ferrari are doing a good enough job what about every other team on the grid other than RBR who have been doing a worse job than Ferrari? The bottom line is there's been a fan backlash against this stupid double points idea and Bernie is trying to slither out of being largely responsible for it. If the fans all thought it was a great idea do you think Bernie would be giving Luca credit for it? No!


February 04, 2014 9:01 AM
Last Edited 255 days ago

Wow, new low for Eclestone. First he said we need new engines, then he said new engines are bad and nowdays hes ranting about them. Eclestone just wants more money. Ratings were going down so they needed to do something to pick them up, not that teams are ever going to see that money.

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