Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Double points unfair and winning driver won't care

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes that the double point's that have been introduced for the race of the season in Abu Dhabi are unfair. In a controversial move the FIA announced last December that the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would be worth double points as a way of the title being decided in the last race of the season rather then towards the end of the season as has happened in previous years.

Wolff was asked about the points issue:

'I don't think it's fair and I don't think we should have done it, but the reason was that the commercial rights holder said that we needed to keep the excitement to the end, until the last race, and it looks like he was right. The last race could be the decisive one and I'd be very much surprised if the audience wasn't up on what it would normally be.'

Wolff also believes that retirements will play a key part where the title goes this season because as the second half of the season gets underway cars will be put under more stress and strain with potential component failures as a result possible grid penalties could come into force which would play a key role in where the title ends up.

The Mercedes Motorsport also believes whoever wins the title at the end of the season won't care if they they win with double points.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has stated that despite the huge advantage that Mercedes have in the championship his team are not giving up on their fifth consecutive Constructors championship. 

Reigning world championship Sebastian Vettel is currently 108 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg as the F1 circus rolls into Hungary for this weekend's Grand Prix so the champions have their work cut out if they want to close the gap to the Mercedes team before the Summer break gets underway.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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