Former F1 driver Eddie Irvine calls double points rule “insanity”

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While he had a World Championship near-miss at Ferrari in 1999, former F1 driver Eddie Irvine (pictured, from his final season in 2002 with Jaguar) also earned notoriety during his Grand Prix career for his outspokenness.

More than a decade after his retirement from the circuit, that quality clearly hasn’t left him.

In an interview with Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph, Irvine sounded off on the FIA’s controversial decision to award double points at the F1 season finale from next year onwards – calling it a sign of “insanity” that has made him realize he’ll never watch another Grand Prix until the rule’s demise.

He wasn’t done there, as he told the Telegraph’s Steven Beacom that “the people involved in those decision have lost the plot.”

“They have no understanding of reality and the people who are in there have been in too long,” he continued. “They have blown up the history of the sport by changing the points, changing the qualifying and now double points for the final race.”

And then came the moment when four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s dubbing of the double points rule as “absurd” was thoroughly topped.

“It’s ridiculous, I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life,” Irvine closed. “Talk about tinsel town bulls—!”

At the risk of stating the obvious, that’s probably not what the FIA officials in Paris want to hear. But knowing Irvine, he couldn’t care less.

Time will tell if that quote ends up on a T-shirt like Kimi Raikkonen’s “leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” bit did.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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