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2013-12-27 10:12

RULE CHANGE: F1 could award double points for the last race of the 2014 season in an attempt to keep championships undecided until the very end. FIA president Jean Todt backs the proposal. Image: AFP

Not everyone in Formula 1 is opposed to the sport's new "double-points" innovation.

In fact, even the president of F1's governing FIA is not sure what all the fuss is about, as speculation increases that the rule could even be repealed.

'IT'S A SMALL CHANGE'

Jean Todt said: "Well, so much is said, but really it's not such a dramatic change. For me, the introduction of the new 1.6 litre engine with a 40% fuel reduction is much more important.  And our priority is to reduce costs.

"I think the change of points in one race is not a revolution. It's a small change and nothing more."

MERC BACKS 'DOUBLE POINTS'

Mercedes' duo, chairman Niki Lauda and sporting boss Toto Wolff, are not opposed to the rule that aims to keep the title alive by awarding double points in the Abu Dhabi finale.

Triple world champion Lauda told Speed Week that he backs Bernie Ecclestone's idea to expand the double points beyond the 2014 finale.

Lauda said: "More bonus points should be given in the last third of the season."

Wolff agreed: "A (higher) distribution (of points) for regions or continents would make sense."

Wolff revealed that Lewis Hamilton has applied to the FIA to race his lucky number 44 for the rest of his F1 career.
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