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Formula 1 chiefs to ditch double points rule

RULE REVERSAL: Ecclestone's double points proved short-lived (PA)

WORLD CHAMPION Lewis Hamilton and the chasing pack will not have to worry about facing the much-maligned double points season finale in 2015 after Formula 1 bosses have decided to scrap the rule.

The agreement to throw the scoring system into the long grass comes after its debut last week in the 2014 title-decider in Abu Dhabi that Hamilton won without any drama to clinch his second title in six years.

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone was the brains behind the double points rule, but he will have to accept its failure to win over fans, drivers and teams, despite his belief that the change would increase entertainment.

Hamilton, 29, who saw off the challenge of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi, had spoke of his unease about the rule in the build-up to the “duel in the desert” as he held only a 17-point lead over his closest rival with 50 points up for grabs.

In the end, the new rule had no bearing on the outcome, with Rosberg suffering engine problems and finishing outside of the points, and ultimately 67 points behind the triumphant British ace.

Ecclestone reportedly agreed with FIA president Jean Todt and representatives from the teams at a meeting to drop the rule, and it is expected to be formally approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the sport’s legislative body, which meets on December 3 in Qatar.

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