Formula’s controversial plan to double the championship points on offer at the season-ending Grand Prix will go ahead, after the sport’s leaders opted not to reverse the initiative in a recent meeting.
Team bosses were summoned to a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the amended points scheme and – among other items – the proposed budget cap and the future direction of the sport.
While some progress was made on a number of other fronts – particularly the all-important cost-capping measures and some minor rule tweaks – the ‘double points’
gimmick proposal, originally floated by Ecclestone, did not face sufficient opposition to see it dumped.
Ferrari, as the sport’s longest-serving team, has the power to veto such rule changes, and it evidently did not take the opportunity to do so.
The ‘double points’ initiative has been slammed by drivers, the motorsport press and fans in vast numbers when it was first announced.