mariof1 wrote:Ok but... what's your theoretical system?
If one thinks about it, the two criteria for any points system should be:
1. Fairness to all competitors, and
2.Simplicity, so contestants and fans alike can understand what the situation is.
IRL: points given are 50, 40, 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, and so on down to 1 point for 29th. Good aspects include a fairly wide margin of benefit for a win but even then it only takes a 7th and an 8th to match a win in points, hardly a fair indication of effort. It provides some reward for all the field, which is good of course, but it may be a bit hard for the amateur enthusiast to keep track.
CART: points given are 20, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, with one point for fastest in each qualifying session, one for pole on ovals, and two for pole on non-ovals.
Theoretically, 14 drivers could therefore gain a point or more at a race meeting. Good aspects of the system include recognition for two-thirds of current fields and an incentive for drivers lying lower than sixth to keep racing because there are points available. Similarly, there is sense in a CART driver continuing after a lengthy pit stop because he may pick up a point or two, whereas in F1 a long pit stop is usually a reason to park it, jump in the Lear, and watch the end of the race on TV in one's Monaco pad. Criticisms include complication, and the fact that two fifth-place finishes have the same value as a win, whereas in F1 a second and a third are needed to equal a win.
F1: points given are 10, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Easy for everyone to follow. But it only rewards six cars, and in situations where three teams (six cars) dominate it can result in the rest of the field being left out in the cold. Some may say that with recent fields of as few as 18 cars, awarding points to a third of them is about right but it does not seem all that long ago that we had 36 cars striving for GP glory. Surely more than six points-paying positions in those days would have been fully justifiable.
What is often overlooked is the number of changes to the points system in F1 that have taken place since the championships started in 1950. Originally it was 8,6,4,3,2 with an extra point for fastest lap. That point was later dropped and one added for sixth place. In response to a clamour that the winner should get greater recognition, an extra point was awarded in 1961, making the points 9,6,4,3,2,1. Exactly 30 years later, a similar clamour resulted in the winner being awarded 10 points.
Users browsing this forum: mika vs michael, Sogou [Spider] and 13 guests