Former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine has hit out at the proposed double points rule which is due to take effect in 2014.
The outspoken Irishman was speaking in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph this week, and labeled the proposed regulations as “embarrassing and insane”.
“It’s ridiculous, I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life,” he said. “Talk about tinsel town bulls***!” Irvine is quoted as saying.
“I think Formula One has lost its way. This latest rule of double points for the last race is insanity. That actually made me realise I am not going to watch another race until that rule gets kicked out. That is just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves.
“I just think the people involved in these decisions have lost the plot. They have no understanding of reality and the people who are in there have been in too long. They have blown up the history of the sport by changing the points, changing the qualifying and now double points for the final race!”
Irvine, who also drove for Jordan and Jaguar during his ten-year career in Formula One, echoed the views of reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel who called the idea ‘absurd’. The regulation has been a bone of contention since it was announced last week, with a unanimous criticism from the sport’s fans.
The idea is to award double points (fifty for a win, two for tenth etc.) at the final race of the year (which will be Abu Dhabi in 2014) as to raise the importance of the final Grand Prix. However, the general feeling from fans is that this takes away from the race and play havoc with the Championship.