Sebastian Vettel has described the double-points gimmick as 'absurd'

Sebastian Vettel has become the first of the current crop of Formula 1 drivers to offer his thoughts on the FIA’s decision to double the points on offer for the final Grand Prix of the season.

And as a self-confessed F1 purist, Vettel is most unhappy…

The new points system gimmick was surprisingly proposed and signed off by the sport’s Strategy Group and Commission on Monday, meaning that 50 points will be awarded to the winner of next year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the season.

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But Vettel, who has won the last four Drivers’ Championship crowns on the trot, has vented his frustration over the announcement.

“"Imagine at the last Bundesliga match there would suddenly be double points,” he told Germany’s Sport Bild newspaper.

“This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season. I treasure the old traditions in Formula 1 and don’t understand these new rules.”

If the points-scoring adjustment was applied retrospectively, Vettel would have lost the 2012 Drivers’ Championship crown to Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso.

Vettel’s peers have remained very quiet on the latest announcement – those who have ventured onto social media appear more preoccupied with what permanent racing number they would try and claim – but perhaps Vettel will now trigger a few more to speak out on the initiative.

Former drivers and media commentators have been more critical, likening the concept to being little more than a gimmick.

You can read our thoughts on the double points ruling by clicking here.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.