Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has slammed the new F1 points system, introduced at the start of the 2003 as part of a package of new rules designed to spice up the sport.

Speaking to news agency, Ananova, he said: "The new rules are fine, but not the scoring system - [Kimi] Raikkonen can't end up just two points behind [Michael] Schumacher having won only one grand prix compared to Michael's six.

"It doesn't make sense.

"From 2005 we'll try to change things."

The new points system awards the top eight finishers, in a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 pattern, whereas the previous way recognised only the top six, in a 10-6-4-3-2-1 - the gap between first and second, four points as opposed to two. Under that 'old' system, Schumacher would have been champion by 10 points, wrapping it up in America - the penultimate event, not the final race in Japan.

Ironically, one of the men who proposed the new system, Eddie Jordan, has also spoken out against it.

Speaking back in October, EJ told British newspaper The Sun: "It was my idea to have the points changed, because I felt it would give teams such as Minardi a better chance of seeing their efforts rewarded. I thought it was a good proposal and a fairer and better way of distributing the points - and I was delighted when it was accepted.

"Now, however, I feel pretty sick. It has cost us a bucket full of dosh [as we would have finished a lot higher in the constructors' than ninth] so I think I'll keep my clever ideas to myself in the future!"

 

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