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'Double points totally, utterly wrong'

Friday 10-January-2014 12:05

Former Champ John Surtees says the new double points rule goes against the "true spirit" as it would "artificially" manipulates the Championship.

For this year's Championship double points will be awarded at the final race in Abu Dhabi in a bid to keep the title race alive to the final hurdle.

The decision, though, has not gone down well with many.

"It must be purely a commercial gimmick," Surtees, the 1964 World Champion, told NBC's MotorSportsTalk. "I think it's totally and utterly wrong.

"This means of trying to artificially change the results of Championships or races is something which is not in the true spirit of what we should be trying to achieve."

The 79-year-old was also asked about this year's Championship which he reckons is "very difficult" to predict, it "would depend largely how the engine side develops

"When you go along and see the complete way that the Red Bull team is operated and its structure, and you have a driver like Sebastian Vettel who has been superb in every area and the way he attacks his racing is something which is an example to all these young drivers I think, they must have a chance to be right at the top.

"Ferrari, with the opportunity to develop the new engines and going back to V6s, there's a chance for them. I'm not quite so sure how the relationship with Alonso and Raikkonen will work. It's not the one I would necessarily have chosen, but just the same, they'll be there.

"Mercedes, also. I don't like what I've seen happening at Mercedes, this juggle that's taking place and people like Ross Brawn going. But just the same, they have immense resources and some very good people, and two very capable drivers. McLaren's last year with Mercedes will be trying to lift up their game.

"It's going to be very interesting, and the first race everyone will eagerly watch how things develop."

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