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In a preposterous move, Formula 1 will award double points for the last race of the season from next year, in a move to make it more likely that the title fight goes down to the wire.
Governing body FIA said in a statement that doubling the points for drivers and teams in the last race on the calendar will "maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign." This year's finale in Brazil was a bit of an anti-climax as Sebastian Vettel locked up his fourth straight driver's title with three races to go.
Next year, a win at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be worth 50 points instead of the normal 25, making it less likely that the title will already be decided.
WHY THE NEW RULE IS ABSURD
The decision aims at sprucing interest in the sport but does so with even more twisted rules. If degrading tyres and DRS was already confusing to keep tab of, offering more points randomly produces yet another aspect which provides no justification.
Furthermore, it lessens the importance of other races. The season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held at a drab circuit that offers processional boring races, next year would be more valuable that iconic tracks like Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.
What's more, a fourth place at Abu Dhabi would be worth only a point less than a victory at other circuits.
At a time when Formula 1 is struggling for credibility, with the court cases Bernie Ecclestone is involved in and rising costs which has forced talented drivers like Nico Hulkenberg without a seat at front-running teams, the sport has shot itself in the foot.
WHO IS TO BLAME?
The new rule was introduced by the Strategy Group, which comprises the FIA, FOM and the current top five teams along with Williams.