Double points could be scrapped, says Montezemolo

Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:11am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

(Reuters) - Formula One's decision to award double points at the last race of the season could be scrapped after next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, if not before, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

The Italian told reporters attending a Christmas lunch at the Fiorano test track that he was no fan of the controversial rule change that has got fans up in arms and been branded 'absurd' by Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"I am not enthusiastic about it, because for me it looks too artificial. We will see," he declared.

Asked whether the decision might be reversed before the start of the season in March, the Italian shrugged: "This I don't know. I will not be surprised if after one year they will change it."

Montezemolo said Ferrari had not vetoed the measure when it came to a vote because they felt it was not an important enough issue to warrant such action. However, it would be discussed further.

"I think the best way to find out may be to do one year as a test," he said. "I personally have some doubts. I told this to (FIA president Jean) Todt and I told this to (commercial supremo) Bernie (Ecclestone) privately.

"Anyway, we had unanimous agreement to do it. We will look at it but in the future we need to have far more involvement of the teams, the tifosi (fans), media, all the stakeholders of Formula One."

Team principal Stefano Domenicali, who also attended the lunch, indicated the double points decision was far from definite.   Continued...

 
Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo speaks during a media preview day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay