Friday 23 February 2018

'Absurd' plan for double points in season finale to get green light

Sebastian Vettel has criticised plans to aware double points in the final race of the Formula One season
Sebastian Vettel has criticised plans to aware double points in the final race of the Formula One season

Daniel Johnson

FORMULA One's controversial plan to award double points at the final race of the season seems likely to go ahead this year, after team bosses elected not to challenge the move at a meeting in Geneva.

The plan, which has been condemned by fans, drivers and teams as a gimmick, is the brainchild of the sport's embattled supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who wants to keep the championship alive for as long as possible and avoid the domination of one driver seen in recent years with Sebastian Vettel. The proposal would make a win at the final race in Abu Dhabi next season worth 50 points compared to 25 for other tracks.

Four-time champion Vettel has said the idea is "absurd". Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo condemned it as "artificial". One team principal said "most participants would agree to ditch" the plan, but it seems the teams felt it was not worth fighting for.

Montezemolo has said Ferrari's right to a veto should be "used for something more important".

Meanwhile, Williams became the first team to reveal what is expected to be the standard "anteater" nose on cars. Williams published drawings of the FW36 featuring a narrow section at the front of the car, which many teams are expected to follow to maximise aerodynamic performance.

McLaren will be the first team to officially launch their car today.

The FIA also announced rule changes for 2014 and 2015, which are subject to ratification.

Stewards can now impose a five-second penalty, which drivers must take before work is done on their cars in pit stops.

Team personnel who work on a car will also have to wear helmets in qualifying and the race, and drivers will no longer be able to stop intentionally on the 'slow-down lap' to provide a fuel sample. The minimum weight of the car without fuel has been increased by 1kg. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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