The new rule for 2014 awarding double points for the final race, announced by the FIA after an F1 Commission meeting earlier this month, may be dropped before the season even starts.
The idea has not attracted many supporters, with drivers, many fans and even Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo against it. Montezemolo has invited all the F1 teams to Maranello in 2014 to discuss long term strategy for the sport and this will be one of the talking points.
Meanwhile the new F1 Strategy Group, featuring the leading teams, will meet in the New Year, for the first time since the wider reaction to the double points rule became clear.
Bernie Ecclestone, who has been a keen supporter of the idea, has said that he would like to see the final three races awarded double points, to really keep life in the championship and has said it may come down to this “or nothing”.
But the really powerful opposition has come from promoters of other Grands Prix on the 19 race calendar, who have been on the phone to Ecclestone since the announcement, questioning the justification for the final race, in Abu Dhabi, to be considered “more important” than their race.