Motorsport’s governing body confirmed the regulation change earlier this month after a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission in Paris.
It was later added to the 2014 Sporting Regulations despite receiving a largely negative reaction from F1 fans. Abu Dhabi will host next year’s season finale, which will be the first F1 race to award double points.
Sebastian Vettel has already labelled the new addition “absurd” and Irvine agrees. Never one to shy from voicing his opinion, the Irishman told the Belfast Telegraph: “I think F1 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.”
He added: “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!
“It’s ridiculous. I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life. Talk about tinsel town bulls***!”
However not everyone shares his view. Newly signed Force India driver Sergio Perez recently said he feels it will add more excitement to the final race and will put more interest on the two championships.
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