Ecclestone: Double points for just one race “stupid”

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Bernie Ecclestone is unsure whether the controversial double points rule will remain in Formula 1 for 2015, saying that having it for just the final race of the season is “stupid”.

For 2014, the final round of the year was controversially declared to be worth double points, giving Nico Rosberg a fighting chance of winning his first world title in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

The German driver trails Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton (pictured with Ecclestone) by 17 points at the top of the drivers’ standings, but with 50 points on offer for the race winner, the fight is very much alive at the front of the field.

Ever since it was announced, the ruling has been subject to great criticism from the F1 community, and Ecclestone told The Independent that he doubts it will be retained if it cannot be extended to the final three races of the year.

“One race is stupid, but imagine if it was the last three races,” Ecclestone said. “It means that somebody would have to have a 150-point advantage minimum to be sure they will win.

“The teams have not accepted it because they are bloody idiots. They are all mechanics. They think of their team in the short-term.

“I’m not going to propose the three races again. I’m going to let them get on with it. I don’t know what we’re going to do next year.”

As things stand, the double points rule does remain in the sporting regulations for the 2015 season, but this could be removed when the World Motor Sport Council meets in December to finalize its plans for next year.