Amid a sea of negativity, 1996 champion Damon Hill has given the new double points rule at the final race some rare backing.
Mercedes' Commercial Director Toto Wolff recently described the backlash to the idea by fans as a “sh**storm”, adding that alone should be enough for the FIA to re-consider its decision.
In the coming weeks a meeting between the FIA, teams and Bernie Ecclestone will take place in Bahrain with the F1 Chief’s proposal of extending the double points to three races rather than just one on the agenda.
However, that move would need unanimous support by all teams in order to happen, something that looks highly unlikely.
So with the final round, which this year takes place in Abu Dhabi rather than Brazil, set to be worth 50 points the voices against continue to strongly drown out those for the concept.
“If all the goals on the last matchday of the (German football) Bundesliga counted twice, the confusion would be just as big. Formula One is no different,” former Mercedes boss Norbert Haug told the German news agency SID.
Former Williams and Jordan driver Hill, however, is one of those voices supporting the idea as he agrees with Ecclestone’s belief that double points will spice up the championship fight.
“If you go to Wimbledon and you are in a knockout competition it then gets more crucial and more important the closer you get to the final — and the final is worth a lot more points than the first round,” he told Sky Sports.
“Personally, I don’t see what the story is about,” said Hill.
“Winning the world championship is the goal and if it gets more and more intense towards the end, and there is more at stake at the end of the championship, then that should be more exciting.”
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