Double points rule ridiculous bullsh*t says Irvine

Eddie Irvine

Eddie Irvine

Ex Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine has issued a stinging assessment of Formula 1’s controversial new double points rule for the season finale.

Regularly critical of the sport’s adoption of gimmicky innovations, such as the overtaking aid DRS, former Ferrari and Jaguar driver Irvine said the rulemakers have gone a step too far with the decision to keep the Championship alive by offering double points at the last race of next season. In 2014 Abu Dhabi will host the season finale.

“That actually made me realise I am not going to watch another race until that rule gets kicked out,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“That is just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves. It’s ridiculous, I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life. Talk about tinsel town bullsh*t,” Irvine added.

48-year-old Irvine, who last raced in Formula 1 in 2002 and now continues his pre F1 career of property development on the Miami property market, also said that he thinks that Sebastian Vettel’s four consecutive World Championships do not quite stack up against his former Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher’s achievements.

“Vettel’s record is amazing,” he said, “though he has kept the best car pretty much every year which Michael didn’t have.

“[Schumacher] struggled [at Ferrari] for four years before he won another Championship. Vettel just staying at Red Bull winning trophies is boring,” added Irvine. “I don’t see what he’s trying to prove.

“Okay, he’s going to collect a lot of Championships, but you know what, who cares?”

Irvine is also critical of Lewis Hamilton, accusing him of trading performance for his desire to “be a movie star or a rapper or something”.

He said that he does not keep in touch with any of today’s Formula 1 figures, but sometimes hears from Kimi Raikkonen.

“Kimi Raikkonen rings me the odd time when he’s drunk!” Irvine laughed. (GMM)

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  • Urko

    Spot on!! Bernie got his filthy mony, and Todt got his second mandate. Therefore I’m asking again. Is Bin Sulayem, who stepped down from candidature for president of FIA & at the same time supported J. Todt for presidency, in any correlation with Abu Dhabi.

  • matthew

    I don’t get his negative vettel comments. Seb isn’t trying to prove anything, he’s just doing his job. I know irvine was never anything special, so I’ll chalk it up to jealousy. I like kimi, but I know he’s an asshole so it doesn’t surprise me that he would be friends with another overpriveleged douche.

  • Zombie Jebus Will Eat Your Brain and Take Your Knowledge

    As much as I hate agreeing with the Ulsterman Irvine, he’s 100% correct in this case.

    It’s the single worst rule ever incorporated, imo… may as well hand out medals and turn on the sprinklers.

    I can see the Le Mans and the Aussie V8s becoming my F1 replacement series.

  • Qed

    This guy was more Kimi than Kimi. In fact he was so Kimi that Senna decked him once.

  • matthew

    @Qed haha did he really? Thats funny!

  • SteveIsGreat

    Lol I don’t trust anyone that gets Hep C from Tommy Lee via Pam Anderson even if he happens to make a point anyone would agree with!

  • gmtF2

    Medals, sprinklers, double points for the last race? Next they’ll be proposing mandatory 2 min pit stops to accommodate the television ads. This fan would like to see F1 return to the ideals of the best and smartest use of technology and a showcase for the best driving skills, even if it does lead to a predictable result in any one season. F1 inc is ruining what was the most exciting and prestigious sport in the world. And while Vettel & Raikonnen are two of the best, Irvine remains an oaf.