Double points a 'fake fix' for Fernandes

Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:31am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Awarding double points for the final Formula One race of the season is a 'fake fix' for pressing problems the sport must address, according to Caterham team owner Tony Fernandes.

The Malaysian, who also owns English second tier soccer club Queens Park Rangers, said Formula One needed to act so the performance gap between teams could be reduced and all could have a chance.

Caterham finished last overall in 2013 and have yet to score a point in four seasons that have seen Red Bull and Germany's Sebastian Vettel rack up four successive championships.

The sport has made a controversial rule change to award double points, 50 for the winner instead of the usual 25, for the last race in Abu Dhabi in a bid to keep the title outcome open right to the end.

Despite overwhelming opposition from fans on social media, and Vettel describing the move as 'absurd', teams appear unlikely to overturn it.

"The double points is a fake fix," Fernandes told reporters at a media event at the Caterham factory in central England. "What's better is to solve the issue and make the racing more compact.

"So that Sauber...or a Force India could make an upset. That's what people like to see, that's what people come to watch and that's what's missing in Formula One," he added.

"We spend all this money and time on engines, KERS whatever. But the gap between the haves and have-nots has made racing boring."   Continued...