I do not know what FIA tried to prove by applying Bernie’s “medals system” to the results of all the F1 championship. It is interesting reading but rather meaningless. The rules influence the strategy and I am convinced that with the medal system in place many races of the past would have had very different results. But as FIA guys have already spent their time to come up with this report we can as well have look and see what could have happened if we had Bernie’s medal system in place from 1950.
Thirteen seasons when F1 would have had different champions:
1958 – Stirling Moss instead of Mike Hawthorn
1964 – Jim Clark instead of John Surtees
1967 – Jim Clark instead of Denny Hulme
1977 – Mario Andretti instead of Niki Lauda
1979 – Alan Jones instead of Jody Scheckter
1981 – Alain Prost instead of Nelson Piquet
1982 – Didier Pironi instead of Keke Rosberg
1983 – Alain Prost instead of Nelson Piquet
1984 – Alain Prost instead of Niki Lauda
1986 – Nigel Mansell instead of Alain Prost
1987 – Nigel Mansell instead of Nelson Piquet
1989 – Ayrton Senna instead of Alain Prost
2008 – Felipe Massa instead of Lewis Hamilton
The most significant changes to the history the medals would have made:
Jim Clark would have won four titles instead of two.
Mario Andretti, Alan Jones would have won two championships instead of one.
Niki Lauda would have won only one title instead of three.
Nelson Piquet would not have won any of his three titles.
Alain Prost would still have won five titles but four of them in different seasons.
Nigel Mansell would have won two more titles – three instead of one.
Ayrton Senna would have won an extra title too.
Well, interesting results of playing with numbers and stats, but I really do not see how could this information be useful for any future decision making …