F1 Fansite

F1 News

New 'double points' rule slammed by Red Bull, Vettel

Posted on by with 0 Comments
9th GP in a row
Sebastian Vettel wins his 9th GP in a row
Sebastian Vettel at FIA logo

Sebastian Vettel at FIA logo

F1's reigning champions Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have broken ranks and slammed the new 'double points' finale.

Germany's Sport Bild reports that Red Bull voted against the highly controversial change agreed in the strategy group and F1 Commission meeting on Monday, which is being introduced after Vettel utterly dominated the 2013 season.

Next year, while the winner of classics like Monaco and Monza will collect just 25 points, victory in the Abu Dhabi finale will attract 50 points, with the FIA explaining that the move is to "maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign".

German Vettel slammed the new rule.

"Imagine there is suddenly double points in the last Bundesliga match," he told Sport Bild.

"This is nonsense, and punishes those who have worked hard for the rest of the season.

"I like the old traditions of formula one and don't understand this new rule," added Vettel.

Sport Bild reports that, while also against the wishes of Abu Dhabi's rival race promoters, the rule was pushed through by Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt, and teams including Ferrari and Mercedes.

"We were against it," confirmed Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, "but our team boss Christian Horner was overruled.

"At first the double points was planned for the last four races, but that would have made the rest of the world championship almost meaningless," he added.

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter


Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2016 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix

Book F1 Tickets Italian F1 GP Italy '16 16% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgium F1 GP Belgium '16 25% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Germen F1 GP Germany '16 10% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Australia F1 GP Australia '16 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Spainish F1 GP Spain '16 20% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Canada F1 GP Canada '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets British F1 GP UK '16 Available Book Now


Who is your current favourite driver?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
F1 Polls