Double points ‘will create much better finale’ – Perez

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Sergio Perez, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Sergio Perez becomes the second driver to speak up on the controversial double points plan – but unlike Sebastian Vettel he’s in favour of the change.


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Perez backs F1 double points plan (Reuters)

“For some it will be right and for some it will be wrong, but I see the positive. I think it will create a much better final race where things can completely change for everyone.”

Mallya explains Di Resta axing (Sky)

“I like him, he’s a great friend and hopefully he’ll remain a great friend. But every team needs to move on. We gave Paul a good stint with us, it wasn’t just a one-year stint. So we gave him the opportunity, he delivered for us.”

Mallya admits Perez opens up ‘a whole new opportunity’ for team (ESPN)

“We will certainly target sponsors from Mexico and other Latin American countries, so it’s a new opportunity being opened up.”

F1’s Ecclestone faces inquiry call (BBC)

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry: “We cannot just walk away from this case. It does seem to me that we have a duty to investigate this. What is the Serious Fraud Office for if not for investigating cases like this?”

F1 bosses vote Vettel as best driver (Autosport)

“As much as getting the respect and appreciation from outside people, it is very nice to get the same from people on the inside.”

2014 Golden Globes Awards

Ron Howard’s Rush has been nominated for Best Motions Picture, Drama.

Double points a formula for farce (The Telegraph)

“The ambition to invigorate Formula One with a few extra permutations is a sensible one, yet in its Solomonic wisdom the FIA has merely compounded the problems, making a farce of the 2014 contest from the very start.”


Comment of the day

@KeeleyObsessed likes the look of next year’s driver line-ups so far:

Red Bull now have two drivers from their Young Driver Programme in the team, and Vettel gets his first chance to prove himself against another driver since he?s come to form.

Ferrari have two World champions in Alonso and Raikkonen, and they couldn?t be more different out of the car.

Lotus have Grosjean and Maldonado. This time last year that could have been considered the nightmare team, but Grosjean has come good and there?s some hope that the team may be able to control Maldonado. Time will tell.

Mercedes have Hamilton and Rosberg, who were close last year and look to be close again, hopefully fighting for the championship.

McLaren have Button and Magnussen, two completely different ends of the spectrum, one driver who has just about done it all and had all the ups and downs, and new blood with Magnussen as he tries to make an impact. Williams have a similar situation though not as extreme in Massa and Bottas.

Toro Rosso have given Kvyat a chance to jump GP2/Formula Renault 3.5 and get straight into F1, lets hope he can get to grips with it.

And now we?ve got Perez and Hulkenberg in Force India, a line-up of drivers that can be incredibly good on their day and have proven that at several points. My money would be on Hulkenberg to edge Perez next season, but it?s certainly going to be an exciting line-up.

So even if the 2014 cars are so different to each other in terms of performance, the intra-team battles should easily keep us interested!


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Audi revealed their 2014 World Endurance Championship contender – the R18 etron quattro is all-new, apart from the name. More pictures here:

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On this day in F1

Norbert Haug stepped down as vice-president of Mercedes-Benz motorsport on this day last year, at the end of a disappointing season in which their F1 team had gone from winning a race to struggling to score points.

Less than 12 months later Mercedes have finished second in the constructors’ championship this year but also seen team principal Ross Brawn leave, with a new management structure headed up by Toto Wolff on the business side and Paddy Lowe on the engineering side.

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106 comments on Double points ‘will create much better finale’ – Perez

  1. tmax (@tmax) said on 13th December 2013, 2:33

    @KeithCollantine After Webber’s announcement and move to the World Endurance Championships, I am starting to follow the WEC now. Request if you can follow/cover WEC like F1. It would be very nice.

    Maybe we can call F1 fanatic as Racing Fanatic !!!!

  2. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 13th December 2013, 3:41

    I hate the new double points rule as much as the next guy, but I’ve never seen someone receive so much flak for trying to look at the bright side… what a miserable bunch you all are!

  3. Sumedh said on 13th December 2013, 3:44

    Vettel has managed to do what Schumacher did in early 2000s. Through his domination, he has managed to make the FIA change rules. Just so that, the fans don’t get bored of F1.

    I think these rule-changes are an ultimate tribute to a driver who brings them about.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 13th December 2013, 12:22

      I just don’t agree on what you said, with this new rule Vettel to Alonso would have lost the WDC unfairly in 2012, there is no indication of performance for the 2014 season to suggest that Vettel will dominate again, in fact some of Red Bull main strength has been banned like the use of the exhaust gases for aerodynamic purposes, less aero with the reduction of the front wing size and more importance to the powertrain …. The fact is that the Abu Dhabi petro-dollar has come into play this time, they pushed for hosting the final round of the season and you know Bernie could arrange anything in exchange for cash but the problem is that all their efforts could have been useless if the WDC is decided before the final race so Bernie & the FIA should fix that by passing this stupid rule throughout the F1 strategy group which is represented by the FIA,FOM and the F1 teams : Ferrari,Mclaren,Red Bull,Mercedes,Williams(historic reasons) and Lotus (the best outside of the top 4)
      So teams have also their shares of responsibility, i don’t know if Red Bull agreed or not on this rule but it is very clear to me that the main reason behind this rule is money and nothing but money

  4. matt90 (@matt90) said on 13th December 2013, 4:01

    Shut up Perez. Not least because your’re assuming that absolutely no championship positions (drivers or constructors) could be decided before the final race regardless of it being worth super-duper-last-race-bonus-double-points.

  5. I wouldn’t stand it if Vernge got 27. He’s nothing special and I only want one of the big 4 getting the historic numbers. At first I thought no one would attempt to pick it and I kinda hoped that (I want drivers to create new number legacies) but now I’m praying Seb, Kimi or Lewis pick it. I heard Alonso was going to pick 14.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th December 2013, 10:39

      @theo-hrp – Consider the context here: Vergne named his numbers in order of preference as 25, 21 and 27. So evidently the 25 and 21 are more meaningful or more important to Vergne than the 27. Which begs the question: is he choosing 27 as one of his preferences because of its historical value, or for some other reason? His preference for the number 25 suggests that he wants 27 for some other reason. And if he were to get it for some other reason, is it really such an aberration?

  6. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 13th December 2013, 6:20

    A F1 driver
    were I to be the number
    π would be for me

  7. looks like FIA is trying to copy the F1 racestars game with all these rule changes ie double points. maybe they should call it F1 cart and put special crates on the tracks too. that would really spice things up.

  8. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th December 2013, 7:55

    I am equal parts shocked and amazed by the number if people who have turned against Perez simply because he expressed an opinion about a completely arbitrary rule change that conflicted with their own. It’s one thing to disagree with a driver, but it’s another thing entirely to boycott support of him entirely.

  9. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th December 2013, 7:56

    Poor old Paul di Resta. He was critical of McLaren for taking Perez instead of him last year (apparently under the mistaken impression that McLaren valued a driver’s nationality more than their money or talent), and now he’s being replaced by Perez.

    • Bosley (@bosley) said on 13th December 2013, 11:44

      @prisoner-monkeys It really couldn’t have gone worse for him.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th December 2013, 13:37

        @bosley – It could have. He could have actually been in contention for the McLaren seat in the first place. I am not convinced that the team ever seriously considered him, and I suspect that most of the rumours about di Resta going to McLaren were coming from di Resta himself (or at least his people). It’s pretty obvious that they were considering both Perez and Hulkenberg for the seat, so how di Resta expected to compete with that is beyond me. And his criticism of McLaren for taking Perez was unjustified, because they amounted to “you had two British drivers and then lost one, but instead of taking an available British driver, you took the money” when no team – least of all McLaren – has ever prioritised a driver’s nationality in deciding on a seat.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 13th December 2013, 15:05

      @prisoner-monkeys He also indicated that they took Perez partly because he had some “good backing”. If he thinks McLaren took Perez because they needed one measly sponsor through Claro’s video-on-demand arm, then he is living on a different planet. I’ll be interested to hear if he spouts anymore bitter nonsense about Force India’s decision to take Perez.

  10. Hairs (@hairs) said on 13th December 2013, 8:00

    Perez has provided one bit of continuity with Force India’s driver traditions: Making comments which everyone else rolls their eyes at.

  11. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 13th December 2013, 8:11

    Ecclestone article on the BBC

    Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry told BBC Newsnight that UK authorities had a duty to investigate.
    The Labour MP said: “We cannot just walk away from this case. It does seem to me that we have a duty to investigate this. What is the Serious Fraud Office for if not for investigating cases like this?”

    The clouds seem to be gathering for Bernie, although I do think that Ms Thornberry is jumping on the bandwagon more than a a bit. Point being that Bernie could be dealing with incoming fire on multiple fronts soon. I wonder when CVC will have to have a chat with him about formally stepping down.

  12. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 13th December 2013, 8:25

    There’s a big opportunity for teams like Force India with double points, so I’m not surprised Perez is in favour.
    With 24 points for 4th place, 20 for 5th, 12 for 7th and so on, they could easily make a giant, profitable leap in the Constructors’ Championship in the final round. One or two teams and drivers ahead of them will have given up on the season by then – we’ve just seen Grosjean take full advantage of that.

  13. So I didn’t like Perez before and now I dislike him more.

    Also, in what order will the rookies get to choose their numbers? Do they pick straws or something? Because they all weren’t there last season…

  14. Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 13th December 2013, 9:47

    First, I am not the Mexican Sergio Perez. Just a small disclaimer.
    What I had to say about this I said in the other opinion thread. I find the “numbers” thing a lot more alarming. First I would like to clear something : So, for example, if Vettel Picks 1 as his career number, even if he wins no more championships, it will be his? He is the first one to pick, right? Or is number one reserved still for the championship winner?

    My number predictions:

    Vettel- 7
    Alonso- 4
    Kimi- (what was Hunt’s number?)
    Lewis- 12 (Senna fanboy)
    Rosberg (6)
    Button 2 (Prost fan?)

    Fought after numbers: 3, 5 (Mansel?), 99, 10, 11, 77 and someone will even go for the awkward “other sports branding” 23.

  15. Gordon (@) said on 13th December 2013, 10:40

    What I’m curious about is that Perez was part of the Ferrari young driver academy prior to signing with McLaren, right? Then when he signed for McLaren he (obviously) terminated that contract.
    Was that permanent or just because he was joining a big team that’s a rival to Ferrari and should he leave, they’d help him out again?

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