F1’s double points rule to be axed for 2015?

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Formula 1’s controversial double points rule could be axed for the 2015 season according to the sport’s supremo, Bernie Ecclestone.

In one of the most controversial rulings in the history of the sport, the FIA confirmed last December that the final round of the season would be worth double the points of the other rounds.

The thinking behind the plan was that this would keep TV figures and interest up towards the end of the season, as the championship would be kept alive for longer after a global viewership fall of 50m in 2013.

Despite facing a huge backlash from fans, drivers and teams, the FIA has not wavered to the pressure, and the race in Abu Dhabi in November will go ahead for double points as planned. Given the race for the title is likely to go down to the final round, double points may play a part in deciding the destination of the 2014 drivers’ championship.

Speaking in Singapore today, Ecclestone revealed that he does not foresee the double points round being carried over into 2015 due to the pressure from the F1 community, although he will wait until after the race in Abu Dhabi to make a decision.

“Probably not,” he said when asked if we would see it again in 2015. “We can’t see whether it has worked, so it depends.

“It just seemed to me the right way to keep the championship open. Otherwise for the last three or four races, people are running in non-championship races. I wanted it to be for the last three races and then people would believe it was still possible for somebody else to win.

“But they all say I’m mad, so we won’t do it.”

It remains to be seen just whether the decision to remove double points for 2015 will be ratified by the FIA and World Motor Sport Council when it meets in December to finalize the regulations for next season, but Ecclestone’s comments are certainly encouraging.

If there was even a shred of support for double points in the first place, the fact that the 2014 championship battle has been a very close and well-fought one has gone a long way to proving that, to quote John Surtees, this “gimmick” is needless.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

POINTS: Standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona l Michelin Endurance Cup standings l Daytona endurance points

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.