Veteran designer/engineer Frank Dernie has spoken out against the latest F1 point-scoring system that has just a two-point differentiation between first and second place
Dernie returned to Williams earlier this season and is now working closely with Juan Pablo Montoya's race engineer for the remainder of the year. Both Williams drivers are in the championship hunt but made relatively little headway despite their recent one-two successes at Nurburgring and Magny-Cours.
Back in 1990 the F1 scoring system was 9-6-4-3-2-1 to the first six finishers and was changed to 10-6-4-3-2-1 for the following year in order to encourage drivers to fight harder for a win rather than collecting points. This year's change in the other direction, meanwhile, was largely designed to prolong the championship battle after Michael Schumacher wrapped it up in July last year.
Dernie said: "What's ironic is that Michael Schumacher and Luca di Montezemolo were complaining a few races ago that the new points system is really bad because it was going to be hard for Michael to catch Raikkonen. But now it's their best ally!
"I do think the new system is rubbish - a massive step backwards. I suppose it's because the people in the decision-making process are too young to remember why there was a bigger gap put in between first and second a few years back.
"You've now got a situation where you could quite easily win the championship without any race wins at all. All the other things about the new rules you can argue one way or the other, but the new points system is substantially worse."
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