London: Sebastian Vettel, the four-time Formula One world champion, has mocked plans to award double points at the final race of the 2014 season, branding the idea “absurd”.
Vettel, who won the 2013 title for Red Bull after winning the final nine races of the season, also claims “drivers, fans and experts are horrified” at the proposal, which was announced on Monday following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris.
“This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season,” the 26-year-old German said.
“I value the old traditions in Formula One and do not understand this new rule.”
Under the new proposals, the winning driver at next year’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would earn 50 points instead of the usual 25, a move designed to reduce the chances of the title being decided before the final race.
“Imagine, in the last Bundesliga match of the season there was suddenly double points,” Vettel added.
“Drivers, fans and experts are horrified.”