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JV: Double points terrible idea

Friday 14-February-2014 06:09

Jacques Villeneuve is the latest to slate Formula One's new double points rule, saying it is is "overly artificial."

This season, for the first time, the sport will award double points at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

The rule has been introduced in a bid to keep the Championship alive until the final lap of the final race.

However, most have slated it.

"I think it's a terrible idea," villeneuve told Sky Sports News.

"It's showing that Formula 1 right now there's no way to invent anymore to try and create some interest. It's overly artificial, just the way the rules are in general with the DRS and everything.

"But at least that one with the points is the same for everyone. Everyone knows before the start of the season that at the end of the season there will be a double-point race.

"I'm not sure what the purpose is apart from keeping the Abu Dhabi organisers, who spend millions to have a race, trying to keep the interest until their own race."

The 1997 World Champion also weighed in on Red Bull's dismal start to pre-season, which saw them complete just 21 laps over four days of testing at Jerez.

"We don't know how competitive it is, they just can't do laps. So that's worse than not being competitive. They really need to fix it because if not they won't even be able to finish qualifying, for example.

"So they need to work on that car and once they get driving we will really know how competitive they are or not."

And as for the new Ferrari pairing of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Villeneuve believes the new rules could play into Raikkonen's hands.

"It is possible because last year Alonso wasn't the golden boy of Ferrari anymore, the energy wasn't good anymore. They were all fighting internally and that's why they put Kimi in there.

"But if we remember a few years ago it ended in tears with Kimi as well, so who knows what will happen. It's a very difficult team to be part of. It's very political, there are a lot of demands and when things don't go right they become very difficult to bear.

"But with the new rules, where basically the drivers won't have to drive on the edge the whole time, it won't be too physical, it could suit Kimi."

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