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The F1 Strategy Group meets in Geneva on Wednesday. On the agenda are two highly contentious topics.
The first is double points. In December, it was announced the final race of the season would award double points, in an effort to keep title races going for longer.
There had been talk of it being scrapped, but Autoweek reports that Bernie Ecclestone believes the rule is here to stay. What will apparently be discussed is the idea of extending it to cover the final three races—not just one.
I have got it on the agenda for the next meeting. I want to start three races again.
If everybody that has entered the championship agrees we could do it now. We need unanimous agreement with the teams that have entered the championship.
Most fans are strongly against double points, and they'll be pleased to know unanimous agreement is highly unlikely.
More likely (but not probable) is that the rule will be scrapped entirely.
The second key item up for discussion is introducing a budget cap. This idea has been floating around for years and a half-hearted optional budget cap was almost introduced in 2009.
The new proposal is still vague and the teams are not even close to coming up with a concrete figure, but the aim is again to ensure running an F1 team is a sustainable, maybe even profitable business for everyone.
Some teams also feel it would be a positive thing to give more teams a chance to be competitive. Lotus boss Eric Boullier told Autosport (via paywall-free Eurosport):
In principle, we have to understand that you have maybe three or four teams who can afford to spend twice the average budget of the rest of the grid. For me the problem is not what they spend because the more they spend, the better it is for F1 in some ways.
But we need to have a competitiveness that allows most of the teams to fight for podiums. If you have the same winner, as we have had in the past, it could be dangerous for F1.
We have to make sure we bring some stability in the paddock to most of the teams and make sure we can have more teams involved in fighting for the championship to make the racing exciting.
Whether this view is shared by the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull—key Strategy Group members who perhaps enjoy the status quo—is unclear.