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F1 chief pushing for more double points races

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F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is desperately trying to sell his original plan for three double points races at the end of the season, according to reports.

Towards the end of last year, the controversial new idea was implemented and then ratified by the World Motor Sport Council, however, Ecclestone and the teams could only agree on double points being awarded at the final race - Abu Dhabi - and not the final three.

Now the 83-year-old is apparently so keen to get his own way, he has written a personal letter to all eleven teams pleading for them to agree to his original three race plan.

However, his chances appear to be slim as for that to happen he would require every team to agree not just a majority, and one team in particular would rather scrap it altogether than increase it.

Red Bull have been against the idea throughout with team boss and Ecclestone ally Christian Horner believing double points turns the title into a “lottery”.

However, it’s not only the biggest team on the grid who will likely stand in Bernie’s way as a number of smaller teams are also unsold on the idea.

Their reason being having three double points races would require a large amount of development to continue right the way through the season.

Also, as the entry fees next year are based on how many points a team scores, not only are they increasing development costs but they would be forced to pay more to enter next year’s championship.

World champion Sebastian Vettel, who would have lost out on the 2012 title if the current double points rule had been in place, continues to voice his disdain towards the gimmick, slamming it as “nonsense”.

“It would be like in football if they changed the rules by saying that a goal scored in the last five minutes counted double,” he told F1′s official website.

“Nobody would think of something bizarre like that.”

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