Double points rule ridiculous bullsh*t says Irvine
19 December, 2013
Ex Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine has issued a stinging assessment of Formula 1′s controversial new double points rule for the season finale.
Regularly critical of the sport’s adoption of gimmicky innovations, such as the overtaking aid DRS, former Ferrari and Jaguar driver Irvine said the rulemakers have gone a step too far with the decision to keep the Championship alive by offering double points at the last race of next season. In 2014 Abu Dhabi will host the season finale.
“That actually made me realise I am not going to watch another race until that rule gets kicked out,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
“That is just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves. It’s ridiculous, I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life. Talk about tinsel town bullsh*t,” Irvine added.
48-year-old Irvine, who last raced in Formula 1 in 2002 and now continues his pre F1 career of property development on the Miami property market, also said that he thinks that Sebastian Vettel’s four consecutive World Championships do not quite stack up against his former Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher’s achievements.
“Vettel’s record is amazing,” he said, “though he has kept the best car pretty much every year which Michael didn’t have.
“[Schumacher] struggled [at Ferrari] for four years before he won another Championship. Vettel just staying at Red Bull winning trophies is boring,” added Irvine. “I don’t see what he’s trying to prove.
“Okay, he’s going to collect a lot of Championships, but you know what, who cares?”
Irvine is also critical of Lewis Hamilton, accusing him of trading performance for his desire to “be a movie star or a rapper or something”.
He said that he does not keep in touch with any of today’s Formula 1 figures, but sometimes hears from Kimi Raikkonen.
“Kimi Raikkonen rings me the odd time when he’s drunk!” Irvine laughed. (GMM)
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