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What was that Bernie?

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30/07/2014

Bernie Ecclestone says he intends to scrap plan for race re-starts, but what about his own dumb idea(s).

From the outset, Pitpass has been vehemently against the plan to introduce the idea of re-starting races following red flag periods from 2015. Even more shocking than the idea itself was to learn that Charlie Whiting was supposedly the 'brains' behind the proposal.

According to reports in the German media Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed the proposal and intends doing away with similar ideas demanding that F1 be a championship of drivers not engineers and rule makers.

However, without any doubt one of the dumbest ideas of recent times - possibly the entire history of the sport - is the awarding of double points for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, though thankfully Bernie Ecclestone didn't get his way and have double points on offer for the last three races.

Should the double points ultimately decide the title it will forever be that little bit tainted, the winner's name always followed by the words... 'yes but...'

On the other hand if the double points aren't required then it will demonstrate just what a dumb idea it is, though Ecclestone will then insist that it should have been for the final three races.

Meanwhile, Katja Heim of KHP Consulting, in the wake of the low fan turnout in Germany, pointed the finger squarely at Sebastian Vettel blaming his negative comments about the 2014 formula. However, surely one of the most dissenting, and loudest, voices in terms of the new rules was her old chum... er, Bernard Charles...

Chris Balfe

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1. Posted by ZJAY, 02/08/2014 20:27

"Pitpass should develop a way to gather fans opinion on certain existing regulations and future proposed ones that are related to "making the sport more appealing". The fans are much better judges on what is exciting to watch when questions of double point, re-start, pit strategy, etc… are proposed. We should have a voice in the conversation… somehow."

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2. Posted by White Lightning, 31/07/2014 10:02

"That was my first thought gturner38 - I hate the idea of double points, but as someone who might be called a 'whippersnapper' by some of the members (and staff.....) of the site, the idea that 10 hours of somebody's racing were disregarded seems unnecessary. Can you imagine the furore if that was a new introduction for 2015?"

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3. Posted by gturner38, 31/07/2014 4:47

"Double points are a dumb idea, but I doubt a championship determined by that would get a "yes but" anymore than Senna gets that for being crowned champion over Prost only because a driver's 5 worst races of the season were thrown out.

I'm just glad there are finally people in the F1 paddock (Heim and Boullier) realizing that drivers and team principals responding to their own bad performance by trashing the series in the media is no way to encourage fans to watch the series. "

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4. Posted by ape, 30/07/2014 22:48

"Let us not forget the italian loudmouth who was telling his "own "german red fans they don't like F1 anymore... so why would they come to Hockenheim"

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5. Posted by Spindoctor, 30/07/2014 16:58

"Quite agree.
Bernie's recent pronouncements have been (being generous) "silly", some have been downright obnoxious...."

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