Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has blasted a proposed rule change that states that the winner of the final race of the season will receive 50 points instead of the usual 25 accredited for a race win.

"This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season," Vettel told BBC Sport.

"Drivers, fans and experts are horrified."

If the proposed new rule had been in place for the past ten years alone then three championship deciders would have gone the other way.

In 2012, Vettel would have been edged out of the title race by Fernando Alonso and the same fate would also have befallen Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and Michael Schumacher in 2003.

Other proposals include letting drivers choose their own racing numbers for the rest of their racing career, from two to 99, and a spending cap that would come into effect in 2015.

It's the 'double points' rule which has sparked the most controversy however, with a variety of pundits also dismissing the idea as a gimmick.

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