Sergio Perez, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2013

Double points ‘will create much better finale’ – Perez

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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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”

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

      1. @bullmello or how about the number e? The FIA never said these numbers had to be WHOLE numbers, or rational numbers!

        1. Does it have to be a real number? How about i?

          1. i doesn’t work as it is not between 2 and 99. However,
            π or e should work as should sqrt([5-9800])

          2. David not Coulthard (@)
            14th December 2013, 16:29


            i doesn’t work as it is not between 2 and 99.

            You had me laughing there!

            will log 10 10 do?

    1. the number has to be an integer

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

      1. @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.

    2. @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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. Looking at the votes for Vettel in the Autosport article I think his score of 248 can only be achieved with 8×25 points, 2x 18 points and 1×12 points.

    I’m wondering which team principal only ranks him as fourth best this year (presumably behind Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton). Ferrari are obvious candidates for voting up their own drivers for next year and perhaps (unsuccessfully) trying to deflate Vettel’s image a little despite the fact that they seem the most likely team to take him away from Red Bull in the future!

    1. and perhaps (unsuccessfully) trying to deflate Vettel’s image

      Same goes for Red Bull last year when they were at least 2 team principles that didn’t vote Alonso as the best driver (Red Bull & Torro Rosso)

  12. There’s nothing with Perez (or any other driver) voicing his opinion if he’s in support of this rule.

  13. I think it’s definitely a change of the rules that will have a big impact on how you finish the season – for some it will be right, for some it will be wrong. But I look on the positives – I think it will create a better final race when things can change completely in the constructors’ and drivers’ championships. Obviously one race will matter a lot more on your final result, but it can go both ways for anyone. I’m ok with the rule, I would say.

    I think he try to explain entire scenario and looks at the positive of it. As we can’t change this now. I wonder if this rule has to be applied, all the teams should agree to it, is’t it?

  14. I’m disappointing in perez’s comments, not surprised though. he’d have a different answer if he was fighting for first or second in the championship.

  15. Maybe we can halfe the ammount of available points just for Sergio – so it’s more exiting for him to win the WDC.

  16. Anyone else find that ‘not supporting’ a driver on the site anymore is about the equivalent of saying you won’t share your toys anymore – with someone who doesn’t know you exist?

  17. Guys it wasn’t Perez who left without seat Di Resta, was Hulk, Sutil was dropped AFTER Di Resta, so Perez took Sutil’s seat. Now re think your position, Hulk better than Di Resta, Perez better than Sutil, line up fixed.
    Now is also bitter sweet Force India has stronger lineup than Mclaren, Perez was better qualifier than Button and Hulk also not bad, given same engine for both teams and aero not so important it does feel like Force India has the upper hand, but is obvious some may feel that Perez all of sudden is against British but he is not, he didn’t bring any millions to Mclaren so let’s see if he does to FI, Vijay say was not important at all for him and to be truth has never been.
    All of this is Whitmarsh fault not Perez, if you need to hate someone.

    1. Since when did force india get honda engines for 2014? And force india do not have a W.champion in there driver line up! Mclarens driver line up will be complemented by the car they will be racing.
      Force India are a midpack team no front runners by any stretch of the imagination.

  18. Ok, ill be the first one.

    While everyone is rolling their eyes on Perez, I don’t completely agree with the rule, but I don’t disagree with it either. The rule is equal for everyone I guess, but at least it will make the leaders think twice before they become too comfortable with their championship lead or the teams for the constructors lead/points. It’s the last race of they year and so why not go out with the bang. Usually by this time/race majority of the teams are winding down because everyone knows the outcome, and some teams have even stopped developing their cars. But I think this needs to change, or forced to be changed. This is one way to do it.

    To me personally the current point system is boring. But I’ve always thought that, so this brings in a bit of a mix and I think it is exciting.

  19. I fail to see the impact of double points?
    The cream of the crop always rises to the top&im sure 13wins in a season (as seb done) would still win u a world championship regardless of the points system.
    WTCC used to do double bubble for Macau (last race)& there were some spirited attempts at the championship from mathematical contenders.
    Wot is everybody moaning for?

  20. Mark in Florida
    14th December 2013, 15:06

    What a gimmick! Come on F1 get your schiz together. Your starting to sound like a bunch of pot head’s that have smoked their selves stupid. The point difference in the championship isn’t always so huge as it was this year. How would you like to be leading the championship at the last race and have a mechanical problem and be forced to start from way down in the field in qualifying. Passing is so hard nowadays that you may not be able to make up the points to overcome the double points being handed out. This totally negates rewarding driver consistency over the course of a season. Everyone can have bad luck, it shouldn’t destroy all of your hard work. If they want to reward effort and hard work they could give points for pole position, fastest lap,most laps led,quickest pit stop etc. At least these are points for a real accomplishment and not a manufactured outcome. Come on F1 get back to the racing and stop the gimmicks. Even though I don’t really like Checo he is entitled to his opinion however wrong it may be.

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