World champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled the FIA’s decision to introduce a rule that grants double points in Formula 1 finales as “absurd.”
The ruling body announced on Monday that both drivers and teams will get twice as many points in the season-finale in Abu Dhabi in order to “maximize focus on the championship until the end of the campaign.” The rule has been widely criticised by motorsport figures and fans.
Vettel, who clinched his fourth consecutive title this year, was heavily critical of the regulations, as he reckons it devalues the work done during the rest of the year.
“Imagine if in the last Bundesliga [German football league] match there were suddenly double points,” Vettel told German publication Sport Bild. “This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard during a whole season.
“I respect the old traditions in F1 and do not understand this new rule.”
Vettel would have lost the 2012 title to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had such rules been in place at the time.