Metar wrote:By a margin of a single win, and a single point - when one of those wins was taken from the opposing team.
Ferrari won more and were more consistent, and got the constructor's trophy. Hamilton scored, on average, more than Massa, and thus won. There's a thousand and one things that could be blamed for this result: Hamilton's three-stopper at Turkey could've backfired, Massa's Hungary engine could've survived, Hamilton's tyre might not have been punctured at Monaco, etc.. But when the margin is one point, I don't think we need to complain that "He won more", because a single win more, which was given from the other team, really doesn't make things unfair. A one-to-six situation, say, Kubica winning, might've been unfair. But this?
Massa won one more race (on paper), and he got two more points as a result - and on such a small margin, I don't see why this should be different. Perhaps we should increase that to another point, but an arbitrary bonus that disregards the difference - just one victory - would be less fair.
I believe that Ferrari had more DNF's than McLaren in 2008 and still won the WCC, and the bonuses are not arbitrary. If it is known at the beginning of the season what the year-end bonuses are, the teams will keep track of it. It is also quite possible that the bonuses would be "won" before the last race, so everyone would go into the last race already knowing where most of those points are going.
Whatever tho, I don't make the rules, and at this point may be boycotting F1 in 2009 simply so I don't shatter my illusions about what F1 is. I think that I would rather remember the last 2 years championship runs and cars than watch the "New F1" and ruin my beliefs.
Does anyone have any info on the "New IndyCar" Series? At least I can actually make it to a race, and I'm hoping that they are much like the 2005 CCWS cars...