Bernie Ecclestone has followed his controversial double-points ruling with the admission that he would like to extend it to the last three races of the Formula 1 season as opposed to the current plan for the final race to have twice the reward on offer.
The introduction of the scheme has been criticised by fans, drivers and teams who feel that it offers an unfair advantage given that unreliability could cause a serious swing in the championship standings.
However, the BBC report that Ecclestone has written to the teams to confirm his intention to extend the ruling to the final three races of the season, which would fall over the trips to the USA, Brazil and the season-closing Abu Dhabi.
The move would require a unanimous approval from the teams in order to go ahead, although a number of them – including constructors’ champions Red Bull – have expressed their concern with the just one race offering double points, let alone three.
Ecclestone’s desire to introduce the ruling comes after Sebastian Vettel’s winning streak in the second half of the 2013 season turned the sport into a procession, where the result was virtually determined before the lights had gone out.
The German’s dominance led to television audiences tuning out of the final few races, with Vettel wrapping up the title with three races to spare for the second time in three years.
Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo and Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff have both admitted their preference to show caution before making a decision on increasing the number of points available for the final races of the season.
“Ninety-nine per cent of the fans say it is the wrong move, so perhaps it is something we have to revisit,” Wolff suggested.
“Everything is possible. We had another meeting and decided to keep it for the moment. Discussions are ongoing.”
One of Wolff’s drivers, Nico Rosberg, said the decision was “no good” while Vettel said it was “absurd” to make one race worth more than the others.
“I'm sorry to say, but it's no good,” said Rosberg.
“If you get to the last race and, because of this new points system, it remains exciting, I'm sure all the spectators will be sitting in front of the TV and will be excited and happy about it.
“Now we're all sitting here saying it sucks, but maybe by the last race it keeps things exciting.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who is a close friend of Ecclestone’s, said that he didn’t like the idea of having a “lottery” of a last race, but would be in favour of extending the scheme across the final three races to “take away an element of lottery over that last race”.
“For Bernie, he wants to keep the championship alive and the TV ratings high. I think it's too much emphasis on one race,” admitted Horner.
Ecclestone announced he had stepped down from the board of the company which runs F1 following his indictment on bribery charges in Germany earlier this month.
He continues to run the business on a day-to-day basis ahead of the season opening race in Australia on March 16.
F1 2014 car launch - The era of the 'anteaters'
F1 2014 car launch - The era of the 'anteaters'
1/17 McLaren - MP4-29
The Woking-based outfit launched their MP4-29 on January 24, with drivers Jenson Button and rookie Kevin Magnussen joined by reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne. However, the main talking point was the absence of team principal Martin Whitmarsh following the return of Ron Dennis
2/17 Williams - FW35
Williams were the first to unveil their car, albeit a computer-generated design. The real thing is yet to roll out of the garage at Jerez, with some last minute adjustments holding up its debut. Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa joins the team to try and return them to the top of the sport, and he will partner Valteri Bottas who is retained from last season
3/17 Ferrari - F14T
The Italian manufacturers have pushed Red Bull hard in the past few years, but they hope the F14T will finally surpass their rivals and give either Fernando Alonso or the returning Kimi Raikkonen another World Championship to add to their collection
4/17 Ferrari - F14T
Raikkonen gets reacquainted with the Ferrari cockpit after a four-year absence from the prancing horse, but...
5/17 Ferrari - F14T
His joy is short lived as he becomes the first to suffer from unreliability as his car stops on track, requiring a lift back to the pit lane. He certainly won't be the last though
6/17 Sauber - C33-Ferrari
Sauber have followed the 'anteater' nose design for 2014, and hope for a more successful year than last with Adrian Sutil joining Esteban Gutierrez at the wheel
7/17 Lotus E22
Lotus launched their 2014 challenger, the E22, on the same day as team principal Eric Boullier left the team, with Gerard Lopez replacing him at the helm. With Romain Grosjean now the team leader, many will be watching how he and livewire Pastor Maldonado get on this year. Thta's if they turn up, as their absence from Jerez doesn't bode well
8/17 Mercedes - W05sup
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton unveil the Mercedes W05sup at Jerez, which thankfully avoids the 'anteater' nose
9/17 Mercedes - W05sup
Many are tipping Hamilton and Rosberg to take the fight to Red Bull this year with the W05sup undoubtedly one of the nicer looking cars on this season's grid, but will it be as fast?
10/17 Red Bull - RB10
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are going for a record-equalling fifth straight drivers' and constructors' championship. They have also avoided the 'anteater' nose, and rival Mercedes for the best looking car of the year award. Is there anything Red Bull don't want to win? Daniel Ricciardo makes the step-up from Toro Rosso to replace the now absent Mark Webber
11/17 Toro Rosso - STR9
Toro Rosso's design sure isn't pretty, but they have taken a step into the unknown with rookie 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat. The Russian impressed in practice towards the end of last season, but how will he get on against his more experienced team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne?
12/17 Toro Rosso - STR9
The 'anteater' nose of the Toro Rosso SRT9, likened to a sex toy by lingerie makers Ann Summers
13/17 Force India - VJM07
The ever-impressive Nico Hulkenburg returns to the team he left at the end of 2012 having missed out on a seat at Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren. The German will have a point to prove once more, but he'll have a difficult enough time to beat team-mate Sergio Perez first
14/17 Caterham - CT04
After a short delay which saw their early morning unveiling cancelled, Caterham eventually rolled out their CT04 in the afternoon, with another rookie in Marcus Ericsson at the wheel, while the returning Kamui Kobayashi took the picture
15/17 Williams - FW36
Williams finally got their FW36 running after a delay on day one of testing at Jerez, with Valteri Bottas taking to the track
16/17 Marussia - MR03
Two days later than scheduled, Max Chilton eventually left the garage in the Marussia MR03 for its first run at Jerez
17/17 Marussia - MR03
Chilton brings the car back in after completing an installation lap