18/12/2013 09:36 GMT | Updated 18/12/2013 09:42 GMT

Eddie Irvine Slams F1's New Double Points Rule 'Tinsel Town Bullshit'

The 1999 F1 runner-up did not pull his punches over double points
The 1999 F1 runner-up did not pull his punches over double points

Eddie Irvine has weighed into the debate about Formula One's decision to award double points for the final grand prix of the 2014 season - and as you might expect, he doesn't like it.

The former Ferrari driver, not known for being the silent type, has condemned the new rule, describing the decision as "embarrassing".

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the Irishman said he wouldn't watch another grand prix until double points were got rid of.

"I think Formula One has lost its way. This latest rule of double points for the last race is insanity... just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves."

Irvine, who won four grands prix during a 10-year F1 career and was the 1999 runner-up, continued his scathing attack on the sport's rule makers, saying they had "lost the plot" before adding a festive coup de grace.

"It's ridiculous, I've never heard such a joke in all my life. Talk about tinsel town bulls***!"

Irvine is not the first to speak out against the new rules. Just last week, world champion Sebastian Vettel described double points as "absurd".

"This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season," the Red Bull driver said. "I value the old traditions in Formula One and do not understand this new rule."

Vettel's words were quickly backed up by the Lotus F1 team, which put out its own 'rules' that could be introduced for 2014, one of which was that any driver who beats Vettel would "get a double at the bar".