Montezemolo: Double points too artifical

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has criticised the recent plan to offer double points for Formula 1′s season finale, saying it is “too artificial”.World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

It was voted in favour by F1 teams, the FIA and Formula One Management earlier this month but the idea sparked a negative reaction amongst fans and media. It was even branded as “absurd” by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

“There has been this decision to give a lot of points at the last race, but I am not enthusiastic about it,” di Montezemolo told media on Thursday. “It looks too much artificial. We will see.

“I remember when they did three points [for winning] in soccer to avoid all the teams going for 0-0, 0-0 [draws]. But this was from the first to the last match.”

He thinks that a move to change the rules before the end of the season is unlikely: “I am personally in some doubt. The best way to discuss and to find out may be to do a one year test and then see. Now is too early to say.

“I also don’t want to give the feeling that they [the teams] said yes and now we say no. I personally have some doubts. I said this to [Jean] Todt and I said this to Bernie privately.”

Meanwhile di Montezemolo feels Kimi Raikkonen’s return to the team has been better than expected, based on the team’s early experiences with him. “Kimi has been better than what I expected,” he said. “He has been welcomed by the fans all over the world, he is far more popular with the fans, and that is important inside the team.”

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