Vettel: Double points is absurd and punishes those who worked hard for a whole season
10 December, 2013
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.
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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