Formula One may need to reconsider its decision to award double points for the final race of the season after a fan backlash, according to Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff.
After Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel eased to his fourth straight title with three races to go last year, F1 tweaked the rules by doubling the points for the final race in a move aimed at keeping fans and TV viewers interested until the season’s end.
Wolff said after Tuesday’s pre-season testing that F1’s strategy group had decided to maintain the double points at its last meeting.
But, Wolff said, “99 per cent of spectators and fans thought it was the wrong move. So maybe it is time to revisit it.”
Wolff said that there were “some arguments for” the double points.
“If we have the same power situation you could add some spice,” said Wolff. “When audiences drop, you have to do something.
Mercedes’ driver Nico Rosberg said “it’s not good” as far as fairness goes, while acknowledging “maybe by the last race it keeps things exciting.”
Vettel had already criticised the decision.