Irvine labels double points rule as 'insanity'

By on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine has criticised the sport following the decision to award double points for the final round of the season.

Under the new sporting regulations, the final round of the season will count for double points, meaning that 50 points will be awarded to the winner of next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, rather than the usual 25.

Irvine raced for Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar in a career spanning a decade, finishing as runner-up to Mika Hakkinen in 1999.

"I think Formula One has lost its way," he told Belfast Telegraph.

"This latest rule of double points for the last race is insanity. That actually made me realise I am not going to watch another race until that rule gets kicked out. That is just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves."

"I just think the people involved in these decisions have lost the plot. They have no understanding of reality and the people who are in there have been in too long. They have blown up the history of the sport by changing the points, changing the qualifying and now double points for the final race!"

"It's ridiculous, I've never heard such a joke in all my life. Talk about tinsel town bulls***!"

Irvine also gave his opinion on Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, believing that Vettel has nothing to prove by staying with Red Bull, while Hamilton is finding his groove again after drifting too far into the world of showbusiness.

"Vettel's record is amazing, though he has kept the best car pretty much every year which Michael [Schumacher] didn't have. The one thing about Michael was when he won his first two championships he felt 'this is boring, I'm going to go to Ferrari and re-build Ferrari' and that was very admirable."

"He struggled there for four years before he won another championship. Vettel just staying at Red Bull winning trophies is boring. I don't see what he's trying to prove. Okay, he's going to collect a lot of championships, but you know what, who cares?"

"I think Lewis lost the plot a little bit because he went too showbiz. His entry into Formula One was fantastic and his talent was amazing. Then he wanted to be a movie star or a rapper or something else."

"People want their sports stars to be 100% committed to being sports stars. I think he is coming back from that now and it would be nice if he could challenge Vettel. Lewis and Fernando Alonso are the two guys capable of taking Vettel on if their cars are up to it. Unfortunately, they aren't at the moment."

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