Mercedes boss dreading double-points disaster 8 years ago

Mercedes boss dreading double-points disaster

You'd think Mercedes boss Toto Wolff wouldn't have a care in the world.

The constructor's championship is already heading back to the team's UK base and yesterday's result in Austin leaves Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg the lone mathematical contenders for the drivers' crown with two races remaining.


But with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's infamous and widely unpopular double-points plan in effect at the season's final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Wolff fears a the gimmick could distort the title picture and hand victory to the less deserving driver.

With Hamilton 24 points clear after victory in Texas, that scenario would obviously involve Rosberg winning in the Middle East and leapfrogging the Englishman.

Wolff said: 'I don't have a fear, but I think the last race with the double points has the potential to overshadow the season. We know why we have double points, which made sense to make it spectacular for the audience, the fans and the viewers," he added. "But now we are in a situation where it could change the outcome.'

We imagine Rosberg is not exactly in lock-step with his boss on this one.