New points annoy Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is upset with a proposed change in the Formula 1 points system.

The four-time world champion criticized plans to award double points for the final race of the season from 2014.

“This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season,” said the 26-year-old, who won the final nine races in 2013. “Drivers, fans and experts are horrified.”

As a result, the winning driver of next year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will earn 50 points instead of 25 under the proposals. The change was proposed at a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris on Monday. If the rule change was in effect this past season, Red Bull driver Vettel would have lost the 2012 title to Fernando Alonso.

The points plan is designed to increase the chances of keeping alive the battle for the title to the final grand prix of the season after Vettel won the 2013 championship with three races to spare. While the plan is getting a lot of attention, ther are other proposals on the table such as a budget cap from 2015.

The German says not all changes are for the better.

“I value the old traditions in Formula 1 and do not understand this new rule,” Vettel said. “Imagine, in the last Bundesliga football match of the season there was suddenly double points.”