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‘Time F1 moves forward’

London: Luca di Montezemolo, the Ferrari president, says he is “not enthusiastic” about the decision to award double points at the final race of each season, describing it as “artificial” and adding that he would not be surprised to see the rule overturned by this time next year.

Speaking at Ferrari’s traditional Christmas lunch for the media in Maranello, which effectively amounts to a state of the union address from the team’s most powerful representative, Montezemolo touched on some familiar themes.

Formula One, he said, was “arriving at the end of a very, very important era” with the transition from the autocratic rule of embattled 83-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone to “a new system of governance” the top priority.

Montezemolo said that it was vital that Formula One moved away from a “one-man show” and looked to the future, making the sport more accessible to young fans and opening it up to new markets and teams via the introduction of customer cars.

Ferrari’s urbane revealed that he was keen to invite key stakeholders in the sport to Maranello in the new year to discuss “the overall approach to Formula One in a constructive manner. It’s time for F1 to move forward.”

Montezemolo also addressed more immediate concerns, admitting he was worried that 2014’s regulations were “too complicated”.

It was his admission that he found the introduction of double points at the season finale “too artificial” which will likely be of most interest to fans, however. The rule was greeted with derision by almost everyone within the sport when it was announced earlier this month.

And while Montezemolo was cagey regarding which way Ferrari voted at the Strategy Group meeting in Paris, and stressed that he considered the matter too trifling to deploy Ferrari's right of veto, he admitted that he remained far from convinced.

“I’m not enthusiastic. For me it looks too much artificial,” Montezemolo said. “I remember when we did three points for soccer, to avoid always the 0-0. But this was from the first match to the last match. But I would not be surprised if this decision in the future will be changed.”