Vettel: Double points concept absurd
10 December 2013 – Sebastian Vettel has described as "absurd" the recent decision to ratify double points for the final race of the season from 2014 onwards.
Under the new system, which was agreed at a meeting of the sport's Strategy Group and Commission on Monday, 50 points will be dished out to the winner of next year's Abu Dhabi finale, with 36 for second, 30 for third and so on throughout the top ten.
But Red Bull driver Vettel, who has wrapped up four successive Drivers' titles, expressed his frustration at the concept, likening the situation to football teams being able to score double points on the final match day.
"Imagine at the last Bundesliga match there would suddenly be double points," Vettel told Germany's Sport Bild.
"This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season. I treasure the old traditions in Formula 1 and don't understand these new rules."
If the upcoming change was in place in recent seasons, Vettel would have lost his 2012 crown to Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso.
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