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Perez backs new points rule

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Sergio Perez says he sees the FIA's decision to introduce double points for the final race of the season as "a positive".

The FIA announced on Monday that the season finale in Abu Dhabi will see the points for both titles doubled, effective from 2014. While the initial reaction has been negative - Sebastian Vettel called the ruling "absurd" - Perez believes it adds a new dimension to the season and should not be immediately dismissed.

"I think it's definitely a change of the rule which will have a big impact on how you finish the season," Perez said. "For some it will be right and for some it will be wrong, but I see it as a positive. I think it will create a much better final race where things can completely change for everyone in the constructors' championship but also in the drivers' championship.

"So I see it as a positive. Obviously one race will depend a lot more on your overall result but it can really go both ways for everyone, so I am OK with the rule."

Perez also revealed he already has a number in mind for next season with permanent numbers for a driver's career now allowed.

"I like 11, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to get that one. We'll see, but all of the drivers wanted to have our own numbers to create our own image with the numbers so it was good that the FIA accepted it. We as the drivers are all happy with it.

"11 because as a kid I always used 11 when I was karting and actually my email is that as well! A lot of things have had something to do with 11 so I identify myself with that number."

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