When the FIA announced on Monday that double points would be used in the season finale for the 2014 Formula 1 season controversy and questioning immediately ensued. For a form a racing that is rich with history it seems like an odd decision to make a drastic change.
It is a decision that could have the opposite affect than what it is intended to do.
The move, spurred by the dominance of Sebastian Vettel in 2013, makes it look like F1 is trying anything to keep interest in the sport late in the season. It is a move similar to NASCAR's decision to go to the Chase format to decide its champion in the Sprint Cup Series.
Quite frankly it is a gimmick and it does not seem to fit the F1 culture.
"Why should a single race be worth more?” the Brazilian correspondent for Globo, Rafael Lopes, said. “It’s a very artificial way to keep the championship alive until the last grand prix."
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