The FIA's announcement that double points will be awarded at the final race of the 2014 season and at subsequent finales has sparked a strong response from onlookers.

The new rule comes in direct response to Sebastian Vettel's continued dominance of the sport, which saw him win the 2013 title with four races left and just two years prior he won with five races to go.

German publication Bild described the new rule as 'strange', while Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport branded it 'crazy'.

Alan Baldwin, the correspondent for Reuters, spoke of 'the dismay and anger on social media', while another prominent F1 tweeter, former driver Taki Inoue, compared the rule to 'something like a Nintendo Mario game'.

"No mushroom?" the Japanese added.

According to the press release following the FIA meeting in Paris, the new rule changes were 'immediately applicable' because of the 'mandate' given to recently re-elected President Jean Todt.

The statement added: "Double drivers' and constructors' points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign."

Daily Mail correspondent Jonathan McEvoy claimed the doubles points rule 'undermined the sport with a gimmick that should have been filed away with sprinklers and reversed grids in the file of batty ideas'.

Under the system of double points at the final race, Felipe Massa would have been champion in 2008 while Fernando Alonso would have beaten Sebastian Vettel to the title in 2012.

"Why should a single race be worth more?" Brazilian correspondent Rafael Lopes wrote in Globo.

"It's a very artificial way to keep the championship alive until the last grand prix.

"Why should an average driver with an unreliable car have the same chance just because of the scoring system?

"And that's not to mention that Abu Dhabi, to date, has hosted almost no good races on a pretty boring track."

Surprisingly, Red Bull were the only team to vote against the idea with the rule of majority working against them, and on Tuesday driver Sebastian Vettel told Sport Bild the idea was 'nonsense'.

"Imagine there is suddenly double points in the last Bundesliga match," he said.

"This is nonsense, and punishes those who have worked hard for the rest of the season.

"I like the old traditions of Formula One and don't understand this new rule," Vettel concluded. 

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