Wolff voices concern over double points

Date published: November 4 2014

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has voiced his concern that the double-points rule could “overshadow the season”.

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has voiced his concern that the double-points rule could “overshadow the season”.

Lewis Hamilton opened a 24-point lead over Merc team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Drivers’ Championship after winning the United States GP – his fifth consecutive victory and 10th of the 2014 campaign.

Rosberg has only won four races in contrast, but the German could still end up with the title even if he retires at Interlagos this weekend and Hamilton wins the Brazilian GP.

The reason? The season-ending Abu Dhabi GP race winner will get 50 points due to the new double-points rule that came into effect at the start of this year.

“I think the last race with the double points has the potential to overshadow the season,” Wolff is quoted as saying by Press Association Sport.

“We know why we have double points, which made sense to make it spectacular for the audience, the fans and the viewers.

“But now we are in a situation where it could change the outcome.”

Mercedes have already wrapped up the Constructors’ Championship and the Drivers’ crown is now a straight shootout between Hamilton and Rosberg.

Asked whether he could relax now, Wolff said: “Yes. It’s satisfying to know only a Mercedes driver can win the Championship from now on. That’s a good feeling.

“There is one thing that makes me proud, and that’s the achievements of the team.

“As a kid I remember this dominant season of McLaren, seeing those cars scoring one-twos all the time up to a point that it was almost boring. It was just pure dominance.

“For us to equal that record, and to be able to do one or two more, is proof the team have done many things right and we have taken many good decisions.

“Normally I don’t care about statistics, but that one is something which reminds me of many years ago.”