Todt hints at double points rethink for 2015

Todt hints at double points rethink for 2015

10 April 2014 – FIA President Jean Todt has suggested that Formula 1's double points rule could be reconsidered for the 2015 campaign, but says a decision will only be made after the affected season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Although Todt is not personally opposed to the concept, it has been met with severe criticism from the sport's fans, while reigning quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel described the development as "absurd".

Following the backlash, Todt said he put forward a proposal to scrap the double points rule at the last meeting of the F1 Strategy Group, but revealed that it did not receive unanimous support from the 11 teams on the grid.

"To reconsider it we need unanimous agreement, and if we do not get unanimous agreement we cannot change it," explained Todt. "We had the strategy meeting and I said, 'do you want to reconsider?' The answer was no. Do not ask me who said yes or no. So I said, 'OK, we will see at the end of the season what is the reaction'."

Todt says greater value should be attached to the views of fans over future changes, including double points.

"Personally I was surprised to get so much emotion for this thing that I do not feel is a huge change in Formula 1," Todt commented. "But again we need to listen to that and hopefully we will take that into consideration."

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