New F1 Medal System Withdrawn and a Solution

March 21st, 2009

The medal system which was put forward last year by Bernie Ecclestone and approved by the FIA are now being back tracked and axed – only days before the the Formula 1 season starts in Melbourne.

The simple aim of the medal system, which basically means that the driver with the most race-wins wins the Formula 1 driver’s championship,was to make F1 more exciting with drivers going for a win rather than taking 8 points for second position.

FOTA had recommended a 12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 points system, but the FIA World Motor Sport Council instead voted in favour of Bernie Ecclestone’s idea for the title to automatically go to the driver with the most race wins, with the points only being used to decide tie-breaks and the lesser positions.

There have been numerous criticisms of the medal system including from Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.

A Solution

A possible solution for this is that the race winner is given more points than the difference from the second to the third positioned driver and the driver who finished in second position gets a bigger difference in points compared to the difference of the third and fourth place drivers.

A simple and already workable solution for this which is being used successfully is to basically copy the MotoGP style points system. The system is very simple and also awards up the the 15th race finisher with a point, this way even the drivers further down the back of the grid can measure their performance against each other.

The points system is as follows:

1st = 25 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 16 points
4th = 13 points
5th = 11 points
6th = 10 points
7th = 9 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 7 points
10th = 6 points
11th = 5 points
12th = 4 point
13th = 3 points
14th = 2 points
15th = 1 point

This system rewards the winner by having a bigger margin of points as well as overall consistency. So if a driver only wins 5 races and DNF’s the rest of the races he would most probably not win – even though he won the highest number of races. I’d say this system is fair as it rewards winners as well as consistently good drivers.

What do you think about this?

2 Responses to “New F1 Medal System Withdrawn and a Solution”

  1. “This system rewards the winner by having a bigger margin of points”

    Under the Moto GP system second place is worth 80% of what a win is worth, which is exactly the same as under the present F1 system (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1). And third place is even more valuable (64% vs 60%).

    Therefore the Moto GP system would actually value winning even less than the present arrangement in F1 and increase the important of consistency even more.

    I agree with you that what needs to be done is increase the value of winning while maintaining some reward for consistency. I would change the points system something more like this:


    Where second place is worth 66% of a win.

  2. Hi Keith, you’re right about the percentages – it was getting late when I wrote this.

    15-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 sounds like a really good idea – lets hope F1 is listening as simple solutions are much more effective and it’ll also be much easier for people to understand.

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