Vettel: Double points idea absurd

Date published: December 12 2013

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has lashed out at rulemakers’ decision to award double points for the final race of the season…

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has lashed out at rulemakers’ decision to award double points for the final race of the season.

As of 2014, the winning driver and team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will each get 50 points instead of the usual 25 as the FIA looks “to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign”.

The organisation hopes to avoid repeats of the 2011 and 2013 seasons when Vettel and his Red Bull team won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships with quite a few races still left.

However, the rule change has not gone down well with Vettel, who says the Formula One community are “horrified” by it.

“This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season,” the 26-year-old told Germany’s Sport Bild.

“Drivers, fans and experts are horrified.”

He added: “I value the old traditions in Formula 1 and do not understand this new rule. Imagine, in the last Bundesliga [football] match of the season there was suddenly double points.”