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.
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.
Double points for the last F1 GP of the season looks like an answer to a question nobody was asking. Devalues the other races too.
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) December 10, 2013
Great news! Kris Meeke has got a Citroen drive … Awful news! Double points for last F1 race … #whathef***
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) December 10, 2013
Driver personal numbers, double points… Why not have two seater cars, 4 car teams, Penelope Pitstop, go the whole hog?
— Jonathan Legard (@legardj) December 10, 2013
Some sensible & not so sensible thinking from the F1 Strategy Group. 5 of last 8 titles decided at last GP, why the need now for double pts?
— David Croft (@CroftyF1) December 10, 2013
I am enjoying a bit of post-season time off, but didn’t realise it was April 1 already. Double points for season finale? WHAT? #dontlikeit
— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) December 9, 2013
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