Red Bull’s team boss, Christian Horner, has warned Formula 1 to consider its actions with the double points decision it recently made in which the last race of the 2014 season will pay out twice the points for the top 10 finishers. Red Bull’s dominance, securing four world championships on the trot, has prompted the sport to take measures that might thwart the dominance and the answer was double-points.

The notion has been met with a strong backlash from fans and even Horner now admits that F1, and its regulatory body the FIA, should consider carefully what it’s doing telling Bloomberg:

“It can either work for or against you,” Horner said. “Is it right to put so much predominance on one race? Does it undervalue what you’ve done in the rest of the year? I think arguably yes it does. We need to think very carefully about it.

“It’s not our fault or responsibility if the competition hasn’t been prevalent in the last few races,”

His final comment could be seen as slightly aloof but that’s not how it is meant. In the early 2000’s, Ferrari’s dominance was comprehensive and the sport’s regulatory body, the FIA, changed the regulations in an effort to balance the power and slow the Ferrari down. McLaren team boss Ron Dennis stated that it was not incumbent upon the FIA to change the regulations to hamper Ferrari so much as it is the other teams responsibility to raise their game and take the fight to the Italian car maker.

The 2013 season started off with Pirelli, the sole tire supplier to the sport, bringing a new tire compound that effectively was intended to hamper Red Bull’s aerodynamic advantage over the rest of the field. This created tires that, for a host of reasons not solely Pirelli’s own, succumbed to blowouts prompting a change back to the 2012 construction methods and as fate would have it, the Red Bull’s thrived on that format winning the last remaining nine races of the season.

The 2014 notion of double points seems to be another construct intended to tie one hand behind Red Bull’s back. Should the season be close, double points could be a non-issue but should Red Bull have a decent lead, the final race could marginalize everything they’d accomplished in the season.

Overwhelmingly, fans have voiced their disproval of the double-points idea but the FIA have yet to revers the decision with some defending its intentions as a way to “spice up the show”.

An F1 fan since 1972, NC has spent over 25 years in the technology industry focusing on technology integration, AV systems integration, digital media strategies, technology planning, consulting, speaking, presenting, sales, content strategy, marketing and brand building.
  • Shocks&Awe

    “We need to think very carefully about it” No we bloody don’t. It’s a no-brainer. Don’t do it. Get your head-gaskets out of your exhaust, FIA.

    • Jack Flash (Aust)

      In the very carefully PR manicured world of Formula 1 identities (ie. those who live under possibility of FIA disciplinary sanctions), that was essentially exactly what Christian Horner was saying. Yes FIA, your ‘double points’ idea is “pure bullshit” (insert Niki Lauda voice accent here). 100-proof bovine faecal matter.

      It would be nice for us as ‘furious F1 fans’, to have him publically say it as frankly as your style of words S&A, not the necessitated PR neutered version. JF

  • Shocks&Awe
  • zzyzxx

    While I don’t see any need for a double point round, I don’t quite understand the vehemence that this has sparked online. Almost every other sport places more importance on the end of a season than the beginning. In 2011, LSU beat Alabama in their regular season meeting and then lost to them in the BCS Championship game. That makes them even, right? No. Alabama was the Champ. The final game is given priority. This is the norm in most sports. In 2001, the Seattle Mariners won 116 regular season games, tying the MLB record, but the champions that year were the Arizona Diamondbacks who only won 92 regular season games. In world cup skiing, a single event is held every two years that crowns a World Champion in each event. You could win every downhill in the season, but fall in the WC and someone else will be the Downhill WC for the next two years.
    You can not like the double points, but the reaction that this rule is unprecedented is absurd. I don’t like the rule. I don’t think they should do it, but I understand their reasoning behind it and its precedent in other sports.

    • Jack Flash (Aust)

      Sports in the US maybe, but not so much elsewhere (the other 85% of the planet). JF

      • zzyzxx

        So, the the World Cup this summer, if Team A loses to Team B in their group play but beats them in the final, who takes home the cup?

        • Jack Flash (Aust)

          [1]. I said “not such much”, not never.
          [2]. WC soccer this Winter for me: That is also a tournament not a league competition. Points qualifications in groups, prior to Finals knockout rounds. What does a Finals-stage have to do with an in-championship ‘double points’ round scenario? JF

  • niyoko

    Lets make a deal with the devil. If you get rid of the absurd construct of double points, you can keep your precious DRS tom-foolery.

  • gsprings

    How wild would it be if every other race was double points

    • Jack Flash (Aust)

      Don’t be giving those pinheads at the FIA any more ‘bright ideas’… not even in jest. JF

  • David in Seattle

    The double points award is designed to overcome the “problem” that the championship may be decided before the last race due to Red Bull/Ferrari domination.
    FIA has just made a major rule change. Let’s see what happens over the next two seasons before we go into game show mode.