Double points will ‘probably’ be dropped – Ecclestone

“I wanted it to be for the last three races and then people would believe it was still possible for somebody else to win,” he said in Singapore. “But they all say I’m mad, so we won’t do it.”

When asked if double points for the final race would remain in place next season, he added: “Don’t know. Probably not. It just seemed to me the right way to keep the championship open. Otherwise for the last three or four races, people are running in non-championship races.”

The final decision will likely come as a result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this season which should give some idea as to whether or not the new rule is successful.

“We can’t see whether it has worked, so it depends on Abu Dhabi.”