Hakkinen on double points, quiet F1

Friday 21st March 2014

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Hakkinen on double points, quiet F1

Hakkinen on double points, quiet F1

Mika Hakkinen is not in favour of F1's new double points rule, saying if it was around in his days he would have been robbed of his two World titles.

As of this season double points will be awarded at the season finale in Abu Dhabi in a bid to keep the Championship alive to the final corner.

The decision, though, has been labelled artificial by many while Hakkinen feels is is "not good" for the sport.

"I raced in Formula One for ten years and won the World Championship twice," he told TalkSPORT. "In both of these seasons, the Championship was decided in the last grand prix.

"The first time I was fighting against Michael Schumacher and our point difference going into the last place was something like three points.

"With the new points regulations it could be catastrophic - I would not have won those two Championships because of it. I don't think it's a brilliant idea, it's not good at all."

As for the new quieter sound of Formula One, the Finn says it is a sign of the times and F1's need to keep up.

"The sound is definitely not as loud as it used to be. I have heard V12, V10 and V8 engines, but now the sound is reduced radically.

"While it's different, I would say that Formula One is moving forward all the time. They had to think of many elements, such as the environment, so it's understandable.

"The sound has to be taken into consideration, but when you're watching on TV it doesn't make much difference."

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