F1 Strategy Group: Double-points, standing restarts axed

Thankfully the double-points awarded in the final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season didn’t play a key role in upsetting the championship. It was an unpopular element added tot he 2014 season that won’t see the light of day in 2015 after the F1 Strategy Group met this week in Geneva.

The controversial group decided that the double-points wasn’t something worth continuing and now the decision must be approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

The group also decided to do away with the standing restart process that was voted on for 2015. This would have the cars initiate a standing restart after a safety car period. It was immediately panned by fans and the complications parsed.

It seems the Strategy Group also felt the complications might be too numerous to anticipate and decided to not use the process for 2015. It’s a good move as the variables that could unfairly impact the race during a standing restart are just too numerous to consider and fans weren’t keen to see the racing subject to such a large, overreaching construct.

The strategy Group also discussed the cost and financial crisis and while no definitive decisions were made, the large teams did suggest they would be fine with Marussia and Caterham using year-old engines in 2015 if that would help them survive.

The concept of unlocking the engine freeze was not agreed upon by Mercedes so that discussion and concept will continue.


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