Double points stays only with F1’s season finale

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Bernie Ecclestone won’t see his preference of double points for the final three races of the Formula One World Championship be utilized.

The F1 Strategy Group has nixed the idea after a mandatory unanimous agreement was not achieved according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Thus, the double points will only be in play for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Back in December, Ecclestone had told the Telegraph that the double points idea was in danger of being thrown out altogether in January. However, that did not come to pass.

As for pushing the rule across Austin, Interlagos and Abu Dhabi, he said that he wanted to keep interest high for the World Championship to the final lap.

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

Double points has been a major point of frustration for F1 fans during the off-season, and multiple figures such as four-time reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel and past World Champion John Surtees have spoken out against it.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.