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Ferrari criticise plans to award double points

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Luca di Montezemolo wants to discuss the topic. (©GettyImages)
Luca di Montezemolo wants to discuss the topic. (©GettyImages).

The debate over the introduction of double points at the final race of the 2014 season has heated up as F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari have their say.

Certainly the announcement of the rule change, which will see the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner claim 50 points as oppose to the usual 25, has been met by much anger by fans and now Ferrari are trying to use that frustration as leverage.

“The social networks are a nice platform for the fans to give us their opinion. If the voice is clear, we cannot just ignore that,” President Luca di Montezemolo told Auto Sport und Motor.

The Italian went on adding: ”As the teams decided unanimously for it, we should give it a chance.

“But if it does not work, we can abolish it quickly.”

Di Montezemolo did, however, rule out using Ferrari’s ability to veto as a way of forcing the rule to be ditched.

“We would not use our power for something like that,” he said. ”But believe me, if formula one tomorrow would be going with four-cylinder engines, then Ferrari would be there (with its veto),” he said.

“We make cars, not motorcycles.”

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone upped the stakes over the weekend claiming he wants double points introduced for the final three races or be dropped altogether.

“It may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next (strategy group) meeting in January,” he revealed to the Telegraph newspaper.

“I think it should be the final three races or nothing,” the 83-year-old added.

Now Di Montezemolo has called a meeting of F1 team bosses at Maranello to discuss the matter.

“There should be more dialogue between the teams when it comes to discussing the problems affecting Formula One,” he said

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