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.