The year of 'winner takes all'

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This year, double points will be rewarded in Formula One's season finale.

Double points will be awarded at this year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The intention of this is to keep the championship alive as long as possible and make the drivers push even harder in this particular event. Any driver within 13 points of the leader can secure the title with a win. Any driver within 49 points of the leader will have a mathematical chance.

What's the real motive for doing this?

We don't have to go very far into the past to see how this system affects the championship outcome. Fernando Alonso would've been the 2012 champion instead of Sebastian Vettel had there been double points up for grabs at the last race. Would it have been the fairest scenario possible? There's no way to answer that, and that's when it hits you that this is less about sportive justice and alot more about marketing strategy.
 
This is the part that I don't like about the new system. While it can be seen as a way to spice up the final race for the fans to enjoy, deep down this is simply about "F1: The Business" milking more money from race promoters and TV broadcasters. It's not just about the points system, it's the whole logic behind this. This logic is what makes the world's premier motor racing category more and more inaccessible to the average sports fan every day.

Are you not entertained?!

On the other hand, it would be kind of neat to wake up early in the morning to watch the Abu Dhabi GP and find that Hamilton, Rosberg and perhaps even Ricciardo are fighting on the track as hard as they can, providing a racing spectacle worthy of the winner climbing out of his car screaming "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!" It would be really neat as a matter of fact. 
 
The following morning, someone might realize that had there not been double points at stake, the championship would've ended differently. Only then can you judge whether this change made the show better or worse for you. Either way, this seems to be the chosen course for Formula One by Bernie Ecclestone.
 
Let's hope it at least delivers on the promise of a better finale.
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Series F1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Article type Commentary

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