Vettel criticises 'absurd' double points rule

By on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vettel Austin ThuReigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has hit out at new regulations that mean the final round of the season will carry double weight.

Under proposals announced on Monday, the final round of the Formula 1 season will feature double points, meaning that the winner of next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will claim 50 points, rather than the customary 25.

But Vettel is against such plans, drawing comparisons to the final day of the football season being awarded double points.

"Imagine, on the last Bundesliga match there would suddenly double points," he told German publication Sport Bild.

"This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season. I guess they [FIA] do not understand old traditions in Formula 1."

His Red Bull team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, also appeared to be against the proposal.

'Seems to be pretty bizarre', Ricciardo posted on Twitter. 'Not sure who came up with that one..'

Red Bull is one of the teams that sits on F1's strategy group, which contributed to the new regulations being passed. Formula One Management and the FIA also vote on the changes.

But Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko said that the Austrian team was opposed to the changes, revealing that the original plan was for the final four races of the year to carry double points.

"We were against it," he said. "But our team boss Christian Horner was overruled."

"At first it was planned to be awarded double points for the last four races."

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