Irvine: Double points for finale 'tinsel town bulls***'
18 December 2013 – Former Ferrari and Jaguar F1 driver Eddie Irvine has slated the decision to award double points in the final race of the season from 2014 onwards, branding it a 'joke' and just 'tinsel town bulls***'.
The surprise change was confirmed earlier this month following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris.
“I think F1 has lost its way. This latest rule of double points for the last race is insanity,” Irvine said in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph.
“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,” he added. “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’s concerns were echoed recently by Sky Sports F1 commentator and pundit Martin Brundle, and four-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel has also voiced his disapproval. Not everyone shares those sentiments though, and Force India driver Sergio Pérez believes the concept does have some merit – although admittedly he seems to be in a minority.