Double points may be axed by next month, says Ecclestone

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The much-maligned double points award for Formula One season finales may not be long for this world according to Formula One kingpin Bernie Ecclestone.

The British billionaire has told the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that the controversial rule could be scrapped as soon as next month’s meeting of the F1 Strategy Group.

But in doing so, he also revealed his own inclination for the rule.

“Personally, my preference would be for the final three races to be worth double points,” he said to the Telegraph. “But it may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next [Strategy Group] meeting in January.

“I think it should be the final three races or nothing. The final three races would mean the championship is kept interesting for everyone – fans, press and television – right until the end.”

The Telegraph also says that such a rule was actually considered by the FIA in Paris before getting soundly rejected in favor of simply making the season finale only worth double points.

From the moment it got out of Paris, the scenario has triggered a negative response across almost all of Formula One with reigning four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel calling it “absurd” and former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine dubbing it “insanity”.

Today, it was Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s turn. In a meeting with Italian reporters, Montezemolo said the rule “seems rather artificial and not very sporting.”

He then proceeded to call for a summit of all F1 squads at Maranello in late January.

“I think the time has come to all sit around the table with the other teams to discuss the overall approach to Formula One,” he said. “I want to talk constructively, without discussing anything to do with competitiveness but putting forward proposals in a transparent manner, without any under the table agreements.

“There should be more dialogue between the teams when it comes to discussing the problems affecting Formula One.”