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Formula 1 double points scrapped for next season

2014-11-27 22:25:47

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Formula 1 bosses have agreed to ditch the controversial double points scheme for next season.

Double points were awarded for the final race in 2014 to try to keep the championship alive to the last race.

But it met with widespread opprobrium from drivers, teams and fans.

Bosses agreed to drop it at meetings of the rule-making Strategy Group and F1 Commission bodies this week, sources have told BBC Sport.

The decision needs to formally ratified next week at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, F1's legislative body. This is expected to be a rubber-stamping exercise.

Bosses also decided to abandon a plan to introduce standing re-starts after safety car periods next season.

The strategy group - composed of the leading six teams, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt - and the F1 Commission, on which all teams have representation along with circuits and sponsors, also discussed ongoing attempts to keep costs under control.

The meeting broke up with no formal proposals but sources say the subject is still under discussion.

It remains a hot topic following the collapse of the Marussia and Caterham teams and complaints by Force India, Lotus and Sauber that they are struggling financially because the sport's prize money split is not equitable.

There was also no agreement on allowing limited in-season engine development.

Currently, the rules allow a specified amount of development between seasons but none during the championship.

Red Bull and Ferrari have been pushing to allow an extra stage of development in the summer. Mercedes are against the idea but have offered to accept a limited amount of development but their compromise proposal has been rejected by their rivals on the basis that it does not go far enough.

Unanimous agreement is required to change the rules for next season.

The world motor sport council, which meets in Qatar on 3 December, will also hear the recommendations of a body set up to investigate the accident at the Japanese Grand Prix that left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi with severe head injuries.

The FIA accident group has been charged with fully establishing the events of the accident and proposing new measures to reinforce safety at circuits.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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