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F1 to award double points for last race of season

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Formula One's points plan would make it easier for drivers to catch runaway champion Sebastian Vettel.

PARIS (AP) -- Formula One will award double points for the last race of the season starting next year. In another rule change, drivers will be given permanent numbers.

The governing body of motor sports said Monday doubling the points for drivers and teams in the last race on the calendar will "maximize focus on the championship until the end" as it becomes less likely the title will already be decided.

This year, Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth straight driver title with three races to go.

Drivers will be allowed to choose a number to put on their cars for their entire career. Under the current system, last year's team placings determine the numbers. The reigning champion will still be given No. 1.

And starting in 2015, a cost cap for teams will be introduced.

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