Vettel: Double points is absurd and punishes those who worked hard for a whole season

10 December, 2013

Sebastian Vettel not happy

Sebastian Vettel not happy

Quadruple Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is the first driver to question the thinking behind the decision to award double points at the final race of the season, joining a chorus of protests that has erupted among fans.

“This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season,” Vettel told Bild. “Imagine me, on the last Bundesliga [football] match there would suddenly double points.”

Vettel added, “I value the old traditions in Formula 1 and do not understand this new rule. Drivers, fans and experts are horrified.”

“At first it was planned to be awarded double points for the last four races,” revealed Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, which would have meant that races Russia, the United States, Brazil and Abu Dhabi would be double points events. But this has not transpired.

All to play for at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

All to play for at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi – already dubbed Abu Double – is the final round of the 2014 F1 World Championship season and where the double points score will come into effect for the first time.

It has also been reported that Abu Dhabi organisers have forked out a size-able fee for being shifted to the final race of the season. Traditionally, in recent times, the Brazilian Grand Prix has been the season finale.

If the double points for the finale system had already been in place previously, then Felipe Massa (not Lewis Hamilton) would be the 2008 F1 World Champion, and Fernando Alonso would have beaten Sebastian Vettel to the 2012 crown.

Only three times in the last two decades would the identity of Formula 1′s World Champion have been different had double points been allocated for the final grand prix of the season. (GP247)

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  • Texas Roadhouse

    Well said by the World Champion

  • matthew

    What a stupid idea.

  • ProperF1 fan

    All these proposed gimmicky changes are missing the point. I can think of no other sport where the on-field action is constantly controlled from the sidelines. Coach the athlete; yes. Athlete should train and Practice; of course, but… once the practice sessions are over and qualifying starts, turn the pit radios off and let the drivers apply their coaching and team strategy to the best of their ability. Pit boards worked for years in race conditions there is no reason why that should have changed. In my view it would return what is currently missing from the sport i.e. Real racing with everything that brings, rather than the application of a pre-worked business strategy. Separate those who can read the changing conditions of the car from those simply very good at applying instructions. I’m sure I cant be alone with this view.

  • Mercedes supporter forever

    well said… i too disagree with the double points system? which brings me to the next question.. if the driver wins the race and gets the double points, does the constructor get double points as well?

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Next they will limit the amount of fuel the drivers have. Oh wait, they already did that!

  • Bub

    We should bitch and whine about this until they row back on the idea.

  • StevetheGreat

    Worst idea ever. I can see i’ll be watching other series as F1 becomes more and more like the WWE.

  • Butterfly

    Red Bull Cheats:

    Nice one. :-)

  • bobw

    I guess you can say the fans, drivers and others are “seeing red” about “seeing double points”.

  • McLarenfan

    This is just insane 50 points for a win at one venue even as nutty Marko states the last 4 races that would be 200 points;
    Licence cost basic fee of €10,000 ($12,800).
    Each world championship point €1,000 ($1,280).
    I think this might be the reason Jean Totd and his bunch of parasitic leaches have come up with this idea ££££££££
    They want every penny they can bleed away from the drivers and teams.
    And while they are screwing F1 they are also screwing the sport in to the ground. Who in their right mind put this prize penis in the power seat.

  • Bub

    Is there an online petition that we can sign?

  • matthew

    @mclarenfan good point! I completely forgot about manufacturers having to pay for each point, that’s exactly why their doing this.

    @properF1fan I disagree with your idea of cutting team radios after practice. I really enjoy some of the banter, as well as some of the issues they have. We wouldn’t send an astronaut to the space station without a radio, F1 cars are just as advanced, (f1 cars have an easier job then space shuttles) why wouldn’t they want to communicate with the drivers? F1 cars aren’t something that are put together in someones driveway like they were in the 60s, there are lots of things that need to be constantly monitored.

  • Forza Ferrari

    I agree with the finger boy on this one. This “double points” rule is one of the most ridiculous and idiotic ideas ever invented in any sport! Damn FIA!

  • Dazy

    And now the FIA Facebook page are refusing/deleting comments suggesting their ‘Double Points’ rule might be a little contrived…

  • Barlow

    No, I like this rule. Double points on the last race so the current points leader has a chance to lose. If that doesn’t work, triple points on the last race, or four times on the last race, so who ever the points leader is has to win the last race to win the WDC. Why not just don’t award any points till the last race, that way only the last race winner can win the WDC!! As Inspector Clouseau would problem solve-ed!! You go FIA!!

    As an American, whose been into F1 for about 20+ years, this is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of. The FIA, sometimes seems so stupid, they could run nascar!!

  • brig

    guys remember its all about MONEY Bernie can’t get enough of it with his greedy little hands. Its going to be a night race also ‘just so happened to be’ they slowly introduced this from the start. Drip feed. FIA got scared s***less when vettel dominated for the majority of the season that started the whole boring issue. Now the FIA are blowing it out of proportion with such stricter and unnecessary rules, i personally think maybe even first 1/4 of the season there will be talk about the rules and the problems ‘maybe’ if any and how they are going to change them mid season maybe. Don’t get me started on the weight limit lol

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