Vettel: Double points is nonsense, and punishes those who worked hard during the season 20 February, 2014 Sebastian Vettel annoyed by double points rule Despite Red Bull‘s early season technical crisis, Sebastian Vettel is still opposed to the new double points rule which will be in effect at this season’s final round in Abu Dhabi. It is widely believed that, having seen viewership numbers decline amid Vettel’s utter dominance late last season, Bernie Ecclestone pushed hard for the controversial double-points concept for the 2014 title finale. Unsurprisingly, Vettel – having won the last 9 races of 2013 on the trot – was not supportive. “This is nonsense, and punishes those who have worked hard for the rest of the season,” he said at the time. Sebastian Vettel in action on day one in Bahrain But those comments were made before Red Bull and Renault struck serious technical trouble with the team’s new RB10 car. As the crisis entered a second test week in Bahrain, Vettel was again asked on Wednesday if he is now suddenly supportive of double points, given that he might eventually need a boost to catch any potential runaway 2014 title leaders. “I think it’s February…yes the season starts in four weeks, but I think that’s not fair, that’s a bit too harsh,” Vettel answered. “No matter which way I’m not a big fan of the double points because I don’t understand the reason for it, but yeah, I hope that up to that point we have had lots of good races,” he added. “I don’t see any reason to panic – I know that everyone is working flat out to find a solution.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsAlan Jones: No doubting Ricciardo nowRivals consider Ricciardo among the current best in F1Mercedes 9, Ricciardo 2 and the rest zeroRicciardo: It feels as good as the first, it really doesMarko playing games with Vettel claims LaudaLauda: We have never talked with VettelVettel: I think any offer has to be consideredRicciardo: It’s nice to get respect from FernandoVerstappen snubs Red Bull in favour of MercedesRed Bull rivals targeting Vettel claims Marko McLarenfan So what is the point of this non story? His mind has not changed! Tamburello1994 So wonder if Vettel wins the championship because of the ddl points? Then what? Make him start from pit lane? Krunksoft All this is going to do is force some of these guys to drive like maniacs in the last race. There will be some dangerous risks taken and I’m not really a fan of this artificial attempt to tame the Bulls. This is not needed. If you don’t like being dominated by Red Bull then build a better car and get the right guy to pilot it……not unlike Red Bull has done. =El Presidente= You can also argue that it REWARDS the ones that work very hard at the end of the season. I personally think the “Double Dubai Jackpot” is complete nonsense, but i think what the little kid says here is just rubbish. bobmendon “It is widely believed that, having seen viewership numbers decline amid Vettel’s utter dominance late last season, Bernie Ecclestone pushed hard for the controversial double-points concept for the 2014 title finale.” Widely believed by whom? The hand full of loud mouths that troll the web pages?