A matter of points.

22 Mar

It’s the Malaysian GP this weekend (Woohoo), and better than that, I actually get to watch it. So for me, this is technically the first GP. Not only am I looking forward to it, but it also got me thinking.

I have a problem with the current points system. Now, I know it was designed with he idea of having 26 drivers on the grid, and to give more incentive for people to go for the win/podium etc. I understand the concept, and I completely agree with it. But for me, it just doesn’t work.

Currently there are 22 drivers on the grid this season. There was 21 in Aus, but that’s an anomaly. Top 10 drivers score points, so that’s a whopping 45.5% of the entire grid will score points. Take into account the fact 3 or 4 drivers might retire, and you’re almost guaranteed to score points somewhere along the line in the season. Also bear in mind Caterham and Marrusia are unlikely to get off the back 4, so if you’re anybody else, you are going to score at some point. You don’t even have to be that good, you just have to hope your car doesn’t break down.

You might as well just give points to everyone that doesn’t retire.

I understand why people don’t want to go back to the old system of top 8 scoring, with it’s close points scoring which doesn’t give much incentive to win (as such), so why not stick with 8 scoring, but tweek the numbers, something like: 20, 15, 10, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1. Choose your own numbers but it works.

I also don’t like the excessive gap between first and second (7 points), but then a small gap between 2nd and 3rd (3 points). That’s basically saying ‘It’s OK not finishing 2nd, keep on with 3rd’, which is the exact thing they fought against with the 1st/2nd points difference.

Obviously they can’t change the points this season, but i’d like to think they’d at least look at changing it for next season.


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