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2014-01-23 08:24

‘WE’RE IN A MESS’: Caterham team boss Tony Fernandes believes that many teams in F1 are struggling. Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Awarding double points for the final Formula 1 race of a season is a fake fix for problems the sport must address, according to Caterham team owner Tony Fernandes.

Fernandes said F1 needed to act so the performance gap between teams could be reduced and all could have a chance.

Caterham finished last overall in 2013 and has not scored a point in four seasons while Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel won four successive championships.

RULE CHANGE ABSURD

The sport has made a controversial rule change to award double points - 50 for the winner instead of the usual 25, for the last race (2014 Abu Dhabi GP), in an attempt to keep the title outcome open right to the end.

Despite overwhelming opposition from fans on social media and Vettel describing the move as absurd, teams appear unlikely to overturn it.

Fernandes said: "The double points is a fake fix. What's better is to solve the issue and make the racing more compact so Sauber... or a Force India could make an upset.

"That's what people like to see, that's what people come to watch and that's what's missing in F1. We spend all this money and time on engines, kers, whatever, but the gap between the haves and have-nots has made racing boring."

Fernandes, who has spoken out previously about the need for a cost cap that the governing International Automobile Federation wants to introduce in 2015, said something had to be done to reduce expenditure and increase excitement.

He believes F1 teams are struggling and that the sport needed to "get its act together" regardless of who's in charge.

Fernandes said: "Everybody's just worried about whether they can be two-tenths faster than others and everybody is trying to screw each other. Now we are all in a mess. You can't have F1 with four teams.

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