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The Monday Morning Crew Chief writes:
"What if today's F1 points system were used in the past?!?"
Posted by martin-n-rusty on January 13, 2012
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A while back, I was curious on how past Formula One seasons would have gone had today's points system was used.

Well, over the course of time, I have cracked the numbers, and looked at past seasons, and calculated how points looked like had today's system was used

The one thing that I ALWAYS make note of is, if such a system is in place, strategies could be different, but it is still fun to say "what if", and play around with stats.

That being said, the things I have noticed was.

From 1950 to the 80's or so, points were VERY jumbled, even with some drivers being at different spots in the top (though there was few instances of having a different champion under a different system). The further one went in the points, the more jumbled the positions were from reality. I would factor this to an era when attrition rates in races was high, and short of drivers racing for top teams like Ferrari or Lotus or Brabham or such, few drivers ran all races.

From about the 90's onwards, there seemed to be more stability throughout the points, mainly due to having at least a good 15 or so drivers being able to participate in all races, and, with some exceptions, races would tend to have more than 10 finishers.

Like I said, I know if different systems were used, strategies would be quite different (for instance, it would of been doubtful that Michael Schumacher would of kamikazed Damon Hill in 1994, or Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 if everything had gone as was up to those points) but it was fun to see how different the numbers could be each season.

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