Vettel dominance prompted change

Tuesday 07-January-2014 08:01

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted that Sebastian Vettel's dominant 2013 season was the reason behind the idea of awarding double points for the final race of the season.

Vettel had wrapped up the Drivers' Championship last year with three races left on the calendar, which made the rest of the season "a non-championship," according to the 83-year-old Ecclestone.

The decision to award double points for the last race of the 2014 season was made in December after a vote by the F1 Strategy Group - a body with several members each carrying equal voting power, including the sport's six leading teams, the FIA and the F1 Management.

"The people that were against it were some of the teams," Ecclestone continued, before adding that the critics "don't know why it's a bad idea. They have no idea why.

"If the last three races were double points the teams would say, 'Let's see about this,'" he said. "If [Ferrari driver Fernando] Alonso wins two out of the three, then even if Sebastian is second, the championship is still going to run until the end."

Ecclestone added that he wanted to award double points to the last three races instead, but that idea "didn't go through", although he acknowledged that the "idea is to move it to three races maybe before 2015."

It came as no surprise that Vettel told the German media recently that he feels the idea is "absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season," while Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo said that the idea "looks too much artificial."

Had double points been awarded in previous years, Fernando Alonso would have been crowned World Champion in 2012, while Felipe Massa would have finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton in 2008.

Nevertheless, the double points plan could still be discarded before the start of the 2014 season if the FIA and the six teams vote against it during the next Strategy Group meeting later this month.

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