Double points finale among changes to F1 regs

The introduction of a cost cap and double points for the last race are among the changes to the F1 rules agreed today in Paris.

A statement from the FIA reads as follows:

Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris today, the following items have been unanimously approved:

Cost cap

The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015.
A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and Team representatives.

The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.

Pirelli Tyre test – Bahrain, 17-19 December

The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula One tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013. All Formula One teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.

Driver numbers

Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it.

If more than one driver choses [sic] the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship.

New penalties

The principle of a five-second penalty for minor infringements was agreed. In what form such a penalty will be applied will be discussed with Formula One’s teams in order that a new regulation be introduced for 2014 season.

Points for the last race

Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.

These changes are immediately applicable, given the mandate assigned to the FIA President at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting, held on 4 December in Paris.”

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23 responses to “Double points finale among changes to F1 regs

  1. Tom

    I don’t like the double points for the last race AT ALL. Just another artificial attempt to build a show instead of a sport…

  2. The double points season finale change is atrocious. I understand the alleged “benefit” of potentially keeping the WC battle alive longer. But it does so mainly by introducing the chance that a driver or team will happen to be disproportionately punished for a bad weekend compared with their rivals.

    Stupid, stupid.

  3. Mick

    The double points finale will work against the aim of reducing costs. Teams (especially midfield & lower) will be forced to continue expensive development programmes right to the end of the season.

  4. R Martin

    How can such a stupid idea as double points come out of nowhere and be immediately implemented without any consultation? The “sport” is clearly being run by people who don’t know their audience and don’t care what they think. This is by far the most ill-conceived idea F1 has introduced in living memory. As you put it, Adam, the It’s a Knockout joker system can’t be too far away…

  5. LRMann

    Stupid idea. Just one more step away from tradition, which is important for F1. F1 is the grand old lady: not a gussied up tart.

  6. Brian

    Gimmicks and more gimmicks. Now it’s double points? Why? TV viewership dropping off once the championship is decided? Blame Adrian Newey. Abu Dhabi wants to (try and) make sure that zillions of F1 fans will watch the race and hopefully decide to switch their vacation plans from the South Pacific to Fort Stinkin’ Desert? See “lipstick on a pig.”

    F1 used to be about the racing. No more. What a shame. :eyes rolling:

  7. CTP

    I’ve been watching F1 for 30 years and think it’s a great idea. Why not? It’ll make me watch the final race (wherever that might be) when I might have passed it by in years past.

    Mick, I think you have a point, to a certain extent, but most of what’s learned in season is used (even if it’s discarded as being non-viable) the next season, especially with the onset of some new rules.

  8. peterg

    Forgive my cynicism, but, double constructor points at the last race?

    That financial implications of finishing one level higher in the standings will be a huge temptation to any team. Remember Singapore/Piquet/Renault ?

  9. Iiro

    Great changes, I like it!

  10. Kevin Robinson

    I like the idea of containing costs, but I doubt they can get it done correctly without a scandal every year as one team complains about another.

    For the double points…what a stupid idea. Why is one race more important than any other race? I can, kind of, see if that race was double-length or had some extra challenge, but not just because the promoter paid enough to be the last round of the year. Why not allow each driver to pick one race during the year that they will earn double points? That would be at least semi-interesting due to the strategy.

    People over on Autosport (I’m not posting in their forums b/c I’d get lost in the woods) are comparing this to the old days when results from only some of the races counted towards the championship and this is no different. WRONG! Those regulations allowed for the best driver to NOT be penalized due to bad luck or a mechanical failure. This new regulation penalizes drivers for bad luck or a mechanical failure.

  11. peterg

    I agree, in the past there was a system where (if I recall) you had to drop your best result, but in that system all were equal.

    However with the double points for the final event system, there is a scenario where the driver finishing second could still win the title. I would prefer to see a winner take the title finish, not some artificially inflated final race points accumulation.

  12. bem

    Double points for the final race even if it’s the same length as all others? Sure why not! They should also change the series name to “Wheel of F1” or “Formula Feud.” Maybe let drivers spin a wheel during pitstops for a chance to hit a joker card that’ll let them jump into a backup car if they crash out. Which reminds me, when do we finally get cheerleaders in the pits?

  13. Gary

    Utter, utter nonsense. I’ve sent an email to the FIA complaining about it. If there was condemnation from all quarters maybe they’d rescind it?

  14. Marty

    Numbering system? Fair enough – the current numbering system is largely forgotten so why not try something memorable.
    5-second penalty? Okay, if it means an end to over-penalising by stewards trying to justify their purpose for existing.
    Cost cap? Great news, just no detail yet.
    Double Points in the last race? NO. NO. NO. WITHDRAW! F1 championships are not contrived, they are earned.

  15. Steve W

    F1 managed to get along fine for 43 years by awarding points to just the top six…

  16. Schmorbraten

    I won’t watch that stupid double points s***. Unbelievable.

  17. Bernard B.

    I will not follow F1 anymore. This is no sports, this is all for show.
    R.I.P. F1

  18. dorasnow

    My own gut instinct was that this is less about ‘spicing up the championship at the end of the season’ and more about trying to encourage more people to watch the Abu Dhabi race, specifically. The highlights show of the race this year was almost impossible to follow (in terms of the race) due to the flashy, artistic camera-work which focussed on all of the unusual, modern and pretty parts of the track – or sweeping panoramas of the entire venue (rather than the on-track race, or at least not in any coherent way). I saw the race as little more than an commercial for Abu Dhabi itself and the F1 was a triviality – more so than at other tracks.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this rule change was simply to keep some wealthy people happy; exchange a shedload of money for a three-hour long video advertisement, by scheduling it as the last race of the season and trying to contrive the race to be more crucial to the WDC than it should be so that more people will be swayed to watch a race (and thus the promotion) that they might have otherwise skipped if it were mid-season (due it being a fairly processional and uninteresting race). It’s a pity that the season will end on a non-racing track, even before the double-points fiasco. It’s an anti-climax and one I may well skip whatever the WDC standings, because it drives me up the wall.

    • Brian

      > more about trying to encourage more people to watch the Abu Dhabi race, specifically

      Precisely. It’s not like Bernie is morally opposed to being paid off for favors. That such a goofy proposal suddenly appears from nowhere and is approved with apparently zero discontent (not one team has said one word about this idea one way or another) *and* when tied to the “out of the blue” change of the final race of the season from Brazil to Abu Dhabi (again, no reason given and no voices of discontent) strongly suggests that some big bucks changed hands.

      I’m surprised that the EU doesn’t spend more time and effort looking into Bernie’s act.

      //

  19. GeorgeK

    Regardless of the scoring system, a close finish at the last race of the year is based on the season long competitiveness of the teams. A run away car driver combo like Vettel and RB have had will not be affected by some trumped up last race scoring gimmick.

    Artificial manipulation at its worst; might as well introduce Bernie’s daft ideas about hosing down the courses at the same time to create wet racing conditions.

  20. Kevin

    i’d be interested to see just how many of you would actually stop watching F1 because of this. You like it enough to follow and look at online blogs such as this one because the races themselves aren’t enough. You live and breathe this stuff, then suddenly because of one new rule you’re just going to pick up and go? And watch what? Indycar? Give me a break. This is where F1 is going and it’s new and interesting and keeps it fresh. “tradition” is a bit overrated in my opinion. Maybe we should all go back to watching horse racing. Now there’s true tradition!

    • Steve W

      I’ve followed F1 since the late 1960s, and I’ll still watch it and follow it.

      However… I’ve noticed that the passion I used to have has waned in the last five years or so and this points gimmick certainly isn’t helping. I just don’t seem to have the “hots” for F1 like I used to have.

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