A few of you have hinted in the previous post – the one about Bernie Ecclestone’s medal idea – the previous points system prior to the now standard 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 setup. Before 2003, only the top-six scored points, with the system running 10-6-4-3-2-1. The difference between the winner and second place was obviously greater, putting more emphasis on the win, but also meaning championships were wrapped up earlier in the year when one driver or team was dominant. Also, with the post-’03 system, more cars finish in the points, adding to the championship fight lower down the tables.
You can argue the merits of each until the cows come home, and I’m sure you all will. But taking a leaf out of the FIA’s book, I thought I would take a look at the 2008 title and compare all three recent/proposed methods of scoring points/awards; pre-2003, current (or post-2003) and Ecclestone’s medal scheme.
2008 Driver’s Standings
|Lewis Hamilton||1st (80pts)||1st (98pts)||2nd (5xGold)|
|Felipe Massa||2nd (77pts)||2nd (97pts)||1st (6xGold)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||4th (56pts)||3rd (75pts)||3rd (2xGold/2xSilver)|
|Robert Kubica||5th (50pts)||4th (75pts)||5th (1xGold/3xSilver)|
|Fernando Alonso||3rd (66pts)||5th (61pts)||4th (2xGold/1xSilver)|
|Nick Heidfeld||6th (38pts)||6th (60pts)||8th (4xSilver)|
|Heikki Kovalainen||7th (34pts)||7th (53pts)||6th (1xGold/1xSilver)|
|Sebastian Vettel||8th (21pts)||8th (35pts)||7th (1xGold)|
|Jarno Trulli||10th (13pts)||9th (31pts)||12th (1xBronze/1x4th)|
|Timo Glock||9th (13pts)||10th (25pts)||10th (1xSilver/1x4th)|
|Mark Webber||13th (6pts)||11th (21pts)||15th (1x4th)|
|Nelson Piquet Jr.||12th (10pts)||12th (19pts)||11th (1xSilver)|
|Nico Rosberg||11th (10pts)||13th (17pts)||9th (1xSilver/1xBronze)|
|Rubens Barrichello||14th (5pts)||14th (11pts)||13th (1xBronze)|
|Kazuki Nakajima||16th (1pt)||15th (9pts)||16th (1x6th/2x7th)|
|David Coulthard||15th (4pts)||16th (8pts)||14th (1xBronze)|
|Sebastien Bourdais||18th (0pts)||17th (4pts)||18th (2x7th)|
|Jenson Button||17th (1pt)||18th (3pts)||17th (1x6th)|
|Giancarlo Fisichella||19th (0pts)||19th (0pts)||19th (1x10th)|
|Adrian Sutil||20th (0pts)||20th (0pts)||20th (1x13th/1x15th)|
|Takuma Sato||21st (0pts)||21st (0pts)||21st (1x13th)|
|Anthony Davidson||22nd (0pts)||22nd (0pts)||22nd (1x15th)|
Some Key Points
- Lewis Hamilton still would have won with the old system, but not with the medals.
- Felipe Massa would have won the title had the system of choice been medals.
- Kimi Raikkonen would have lost out to Fernando Alonso with medals.
- Robert Kubica would have fared worse with any other scheme.
- Medals could have helped one-time winners Heikki Kovalainen and Sebastian Vettel.
- Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock would have swapped positions under the old system thanks to Glock’s second place.
- With a season best of fourth, Mark Webber still would have had an unlucky year.
- Medals could have helped podium finishers Nico Rosberg, Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard.
This was of course done as a bit of fun, and there is no real way of telling how a previous championship would have gone or a future championship would go as the drivers attitudes may have changed with different points/awards available for different positions. Needless to say, some drivers remain quite consistent across the three scoring systems, whereas others – those with a one-off result usually – either win or lose depending on the system.
Having now seen how the drivers may have done with each score-sheet, which system do you you prefer and most importantly, why?