​Vettel slams new double points rule

December 11, 2013 - 1:28:19 pm

BERLIN: Red Bull’s four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel has branded as ‘absurd’ a rule change to award double points at the final race of the Formula One season from next year.

The 26-year-old, winner of the last four championships, told Germany’s Sport Bild  yesterday that he saw no merit in the change.

“You can hardly imagine that on the last match of the Bundesliga season, (soccer) matches are suddenly worth twice as many points,” said the German.

“It’s absurd and it punishes the drivers who have worked hard through the whole season. I value the old traditions in Formula One and don’t understand this rule,” he was quoted as saying.

The controversial change, announced by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Monday after a meeting with the sport’s new F1 strategy group that is made up of six teams including champions Red Bull, has been roundly criticised by fans on social media.

“F1 demeans itself with double points gimmick,” declared a headline on the F1 Fanatic website, whose poll of more than 700 members showed 90 percent opposed to the idea.

Sport Bild quoted Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko as saying his team had been against the change but were overruled.

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