Wolff: Teams could reconsider double points
29 January 2014 – Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff has explained that there is the potential for Formula 1 teams to revisit the concept of awarding double points for the final race of the season, following a backlash from fans.
The controversial plan, initially outlined in December, would see drivers and teams collect twice the reward at this year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with a view to keeping the championship battle alive as long as possible.
Although the new rule was kept in place at a recent teams' meeting, Wolff says it could be overturned.
"In the last years we have seen a dominance of a driver and a team," Wolff explained. "This is why we discussed ideas to have the interest going to the end of the season.
"Was it the right move or not? 99 percent of our fans and spectators, and this is what counts, thought it was the wrong move. So perhaps it's something to revisit."
When pushed if the plan could be dropped, Wolff said: "We've seen that everything is possible. We had another strategy meeting and we decided to keep it for the moment. So let's see, the discussions are ongoing.
"If we have the same kind of power situation with one of the teams, you add a little spice at the end of the season. Obviously there is a lot to criticise, but things need to be done. When you see TV audiences generally dropping then you need to try out things. This maybe wasn't the right thing but we need to find out."