Villeneuve: Double points a 'terrible idea'

By on Thursday, February 13, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says that the introduction of double points into Formula 1 is a 'terrible idea'.

Villeneuve, who will compete in the new World Rallycross Championship in 2014, labelled the rule 'overly artificial'.

Double points will be awarded at the final round of the 2014 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi.

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

"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 Canadian does not believe that drivers will have to radically adapt their driving styles to the 2014 regulations.

"They will probably have to adapt their style but the issue with fuel limitation is the fuel economy won't be done by the driver, it will all be done by software, and at some point of the straight the engine will start cutting and giving less power. So the driver has very little to do with it."

Villeneuve also reckons that Kimi Raikkonen could get the better of Fernando Alonso at Ferrari due to the latter's relationship with the team.

"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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