Double trouble or double the excitement?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:29am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The fans do not like it, and even Bernie Ecclestone is now opposed to his own idea, but there can be no denying the unprecedented prospect of double points has spiced up Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The pitch by promoters has been "double the points and double the action" and whatever the view, the race is a 60,000 sellout.

Under the previous system, Lewis Hamilton would be going into the Formula One season-ender with a 17 point lead and needing only to finish sixth.

That might have been a just reward for the winner of 10 races to team mate Nico Rosberg's five this season but instead the Briton faces the possibility that he could leave empty handed.

A win for Rosberg and third place for Hamilton would make the German only the second son of a champion to take the title.

The word 'travesty' has been bandied about, particularly in the English speaking media, but that has only served to put the sport even more into the limelight and achieve commercial supremo Ecclestone's aims.

The drivers themselves accept the situation is what it is but the sport is walking a tightrope nonetheless.

"My personal view is that we have had a big backlash from the fans and many vocal personalities who don't like the system," commented Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff.   Continued...