Eddie Irvine has described Formula One's new double points rule for the final race of the season as "tinsel town bull****".
Next year the final round of the season will pay out double points in an effort to increase excitement towards the end of the year. The new rule has been met by scepticism - with world champion Sebastian Vettel labelling it absurd - and Irvine has vowed not to watch another race until it is changed.
"It's ridiculous, I've never heard such a joke in all my life," he told the Belfast Telegraph. "Talk about tinsel town bulls***!"
Irvine believes the decision makers in Formula One are out of touch with the fans.
"I think Formula One 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.
"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!"