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Ecclestone hints at dropping double points for 2015

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FORMULA ONE chief Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that he is considering ditching the newly introduced double points rule for next season following widespread criticism of its use this weekend’s finale.

The race for the world title has gone down to the wire between Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but much attention has been devoted to the scoring system for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which sees double the normal amount of points awarded to drivers.

The premise behind double points was to create more excitement in light of Sebastian Vettel taking the title with three races to spare in 2013, however, the rule change has proved divisive among fans.

Ecclestone is understood to have been the driving force behind the rule, and had even tried to implement it for the final three Grand Prixs of the campaign, but it appears he is now willing to backtrack following comments made to The Independent.

He told the paper: “I’m not going to propose the three races again.

“I’m going to let them get on with it. I don’t know what we’re going to do next year.”

Ecclestone added: “One race is stupid but imagine if it was the last three races.

“It means that somebody would have to have a 150-point advantage minimum to be sure they will win.

“The teams have not accepted it because they are bloody idiots. They are all mechanics. They think of their team in the short term.”

Hamilton retains a 17-point lead over Rosberg going into Sunday’s “duel in the desert”, and the British racer is guaranteed to win his second world championship if he finishes at least second or ahead of his German rival.

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