Perez: Hoping to get number 11 and I see double points rule as positive

Sergio Perez speaks during the announcement of his contract with Force India

Sergio Perez speaks during the announcement of his contract with Force India

Mexican driver Sergio Perez went against the flow of popular opinion on Thursday by backing a controversial rule change for Formula 1 to award double points at the final race of the season and is hoping to get number 11 when drivers get to choose their bespoke numbers

Red Bull‘s quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel has called the change ‘absurd’ while irate fans have flooded social media and message boards with opposition to what many consider a needless gimmick.

Perez, now confirmed as a Force India driver after losing his place at McLaren, begged to differ.

“For some it will be right and for some it will be wrong, but I see the positive. I think it will create a much better final race where things can completely change for everyone,” he told reporters at a team presentation.

“I see it positive…I am OK with the rule.”

Sergio Perez wants number 11

Sergio Perez wants number 11

Force India scored 77 points in total last year, finishing sixth. With a win in Abu Dhabi next November now worth 50 points instead of 25, there is the potential for teams to make sudden and big jumps up the table.

Formula 1’s governing body has also decided to allow drivers to choose their racing numbers in future and keep them throughout their grand prix careers, with the exception of the number one reserved for the reigning champion if he wanted it.

Perez said he would go for the number 11, if available, and also approved of that change.

“Ever since I was a kid I always wore the 11, in karting. Actually my email has 11 in it as well,” he grinned. “A lot of things have to do with 11 so I identified myself with that number.”

The number two might be less popular, since no driver wants to be second best, but Perez thought somebody would go for it regardless.

“There are strange characters in F1 so for sure someone will pick the number two because they identify themselves with that number,” he said. (Reuters)

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  • McLarenfan

    Double points is not a “Gimmick”
    It is a con to get more money for the bank balance of the FIA.
    Points = £.
    The sooner everyone sees that the better.
    The FIA have made the last race worth double the money to them!!!!

  • Jack

    There hasn’t been much complaining about the numbers rule though, I actually think it’s a good idea

  • Michael Crichton

    Isn’t that 17 on his kart?