Double points only awarded in final Formula 1 race after vote to extend fails

A motion to extend the double points system to the last three races of the Formula 1 calendar has failed, meaning that the ruling will only stand in the final race of the campaign.

The controversial system that will give the winner 50 points instead of 25 in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was announced before Christmas.

The idea of extending that system to the races in the USA and Brazil was supported by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, but the F1 Strategy Group voted against it, according to Sky Sports News.

The final race will take place at the Yas Marina circuit on November 23.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel drives around the Yas Marina circuit during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 4, 2012