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Bernie blames Ferrari for double points

Tuesday 4th February 2014

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Bernie blames Ferrari for double points

Bernie blames Ferrari for double points

Bernie Ecclestone says the new double points rule has been implemented because of Ferrari's failure to take on Red Bull Racing.

Red Bull have reigned supreme in recent years, winning four successive Constructors' titles while Sebastian Vettel has taken the Drivers' crown.

Such is the German's level of dominance that last season he won the Championship with three races to spare.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was second, a whopping 155 points off the pace. The Spaniard won just two races, Vettel won 13.

And it's because of Ferrari's failure to stop Red Bull that this season Formula One will award double points at the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking to City AM's Christian Sylt, Ecclestone revealed he had a conversation with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo about the issue.

"He [di Montezemolo] 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'," said Ecclestone.

"He said: 'I know, I know.'"

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