Team McLaren-Mercedes have responded following comments by Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, who yesterday criticised the new points system introduced at the start of 2003.

Speaking to news agency Ananova, Montezemolo said yesterday that 'it didn't make sense' that McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen could finish only two points behind his driver, Michael Schumacher, when Raikkonen only won one race, and Schumi six.

He also added that the Scuderia would seek to change things for 2005, something McLaren have now said they are 'happy to discuss'.

McLaren's managing director, Martin Whitmarsh, told British broadsheet newspaper The Guardian: "It [the changes to the scoring system] was done to make the championship closer and to enable the smaller teams to have more chance of gaining points.

"I don't think either of us was wildly keen on it and we'll be happy to discuss any future changes in the appropriate forum."



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