- Red Bull
Vettel against double points no matter what
Sebastian Vettel says he is completely against the plan for double points at the final race, even if Red Bull gets the season off to a slow start.
The final race in Abu Dhabi will pay out double points in a bid to keep the championship alive for longer, with Bernie Ecclestone keen to expand the rule to the final three races. Red Bull has made a slow start to testing trying to diagnose and fix a number of problems on its new car, but Vettel said he is not keen on the idea, regardless of how bad his start to the season is.
"No matter which way, I'm not a fan of the double points because I don't understand the reason for it," he said. "I hope that up to that point we've had a lot of good races."
He also thinks it is far too early to tell whether Red Bull will be struggling at the opening races.
"It's February, yes the season starts in four weeks, but that's not fair and a bit too harsh. Obviously it's not the start we were hoping for, but there's a long way to go.
"I don't see any reason to panic. In a way it's a surprise, but in a way it's not. We knew that it's a massive challenge with a lot of work ahead of us, but we didn't expect to have that many problems right at the beginning. It is what it is and I know that everybody is 100% for working flat out and finding solutions as quickly as we can."