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Double points for final three races or none at all - Ecclestone

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Bernie Ecclestone wants Formula One's controversial double points rule to be rolled out over the final three races of the year or be dropped all together.

Earlier this month the FIA announced that next year's season finale in Abu Dhabi would be worth double points in order to increase the chances of the title going down to the wire. The rule has not gone down well with fans and earlier this week Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo predicted it would last just one year before being scrapped.

Ecclestone, however, says Formula One's strategy group (featuring representatives from the FIA, FOM, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Lotus) may choose to scrap the rule as early as January.

"Personally my preference would be for the final three races to be worth double points," Ecclestone told The Daily Telegraph. "But it may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next [strategy group] meeting in January."

The rule was supported by television companies which suffered disappointing viewing figures at the end of the 2013 season dominated by Sebastian Vettel. Ecclestone thinks the final three races should award double points or none at all.

"I think it should be the final three races or nothing. The final three races would mean the championship is kept interesting for everyone - fans, press and television - right until the end."

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