The governing body of the Formula 1 has sparked massive backlash from drivers and fans worldwide following the introduction of rules designed to spice up the competition.
Bernie Ecclestone and co. have implemented a double points rule for the final race of the F1 season, meaning the winner of the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi will now receive 50 points, instead of the standard first place 25 points.
Echoing the sentiment of the vast majority, current world champion Sebastian Vettel has blasted the move believing it punishes those who have worked hard all season. The rule, if applied in preceding seasons would’ve seen different champions in 2003, 2008 and 2012, where Vettel himself would’ve been beaten by Fernando Alonso.
…they’re moving in the right direction…
For those that followed the 2013 season, it became apparent halfway through that the race for the title was no race at all, with Vettel’s winning margin stretching too far out of reach for most competitors. The governing body’s moves to build competition are not entirely opposed by the F1 community, it’s just apparent to most that this rule is not the way to go, though they’re moving in the right direction.
Perhaps this rule would be more effective if applied to four events out of the 19 race calendar, a Grand Slam or Crown Jewel approach if you will, placing the double points rule at each quarter of the race schedule, roughly the 5th, 10th, 15th and final race, pumping blood into the competition evenly throughout the year via the Spanish, German, Japanese and Abu Dhabi events.
…injecting the competition back into the competition…
Ecclestone and the team need to go back to the drawing board, and quickly, to develop rules that will still reflect the true winner while injecting the competition back into the competition.