Abu Dhabi track chief defends double points
31 March 2014 – Abu Dhabi's circuit chief has spoken out in support of Formula 1's recently ratified decision to award double points for the final round of the 2014 campaign, which the UAE capital will host in late November.
The FIA has made the change in an attempt to keep title battles alive as long as possible, sparking a largely negative reaction from fans and prompting current World Champion Sebastian Vettel to label it "absurd".
But the man in charge at the Yas Marina Circuit reckons it will have a positive effect on the championship.
"The fact it came to us, that's good for Abu Dhabi," said circuit CEO Al Tareq Al Ameri. "It will keep things exciting to the last minute and I feel that the mentality of the drivers will change.
"People don't like changes, but for a sport like this, from the history, there are always changes happening with Formula 1 and that's what keeps it exciting."
Al Ameri added that even if the rule fails to stop titles being settled early, he does not expect fans to lose interest.
"For the fans that follow F1 it's not about determining who is the champion at what round, they stick with it all the way through," he said. "It's an exciting event for them and each round by itself provides a unique proposition."