New points system on cards for 2010 season

Race win to be worth 25 points from next season

Race win to be worth 25 points from next season

The F1 Comnission met yesterday for the first time in about five years and one of the first things all the involved came up with is rather radical new point scoring system for F1. Gone for now is the rather ridiculous “Winner takes all” medals idea. Instead F1 is set to introduce a system which will award 25 points for the race win, 20 for second place, 15 for third and then 10-8-6-5-3-2-1 for fourth through 10th positions.


The main reason for the change is the increased number of cars on the grid – 26 – the highest number since season 1995. This new system should at least in theory give the new teams some chance to score some points. Whether that will be the case remains to be seen. Any of the newcomers would have to finish ahead of at least nine cars from established teams to reach that 1 point worth 10th place … So unless some of the new teams field a surprisingly quick car at the first attempt the teams most likely to benefit from the new system will be the worst of the established F1 teams.

If all 13 teams show up next season under the new system 38.5% of the cars will finish in points. Under the old system this number was 40% last year and 36.5% in the days of 22 cars grid (the Super Aguri days). If we look at it from this angle it does seem that the value of that one final point will remain about the same as in previous seasons. But if the expected gap in performance between the old and the new teams materializes next season then we may also end up with ratio of 10 point scoring places for 18 cars (55.5%)…

The F1 Commission is said to have done some research that showed that the new system would not have affected the outcome of recent championships. This may be true in the purely mathematical sense. But that research likely has not taken into consideration possible and probable different racing and team strategies under different points systems.

There is not much difference between the proposed new and old system when it comes to top 3 places. Proportionally it is the same as it was in recent years. Second place will still be worth 80% points of the race win, third place 75% points of second and 60% of the win. After that however the points value of other points yielding position drops – 4th place would only be worth 40% of the win (it was 50% under the old system) and it gets even worse further down the ladder.

It will be interesting to see how the teams fighting for the titles will manage their drivers under the new system. On one hand it is good that the podium places will have higher value than places outside of the top three. However a slower start to the season a few low point scoring finishes of one of the team mates in a championship contending team may result in a number one status for the other driver much earlier in the season than we have become used to in the past few seasons. The difference between 1st and 8th will be 22 points …

When F1 racing started in the 50s only top 5 cars scored points (8-6-4-3-2), extra point was rewarded for fastest lap. In 1960 the fastest lap point was eliminated and the points went to top 6 finishers (8-6-4-3-2-1). From 1961 the point haul for the race win was increased to 9 points and the new system (9-6-4-3-2-1) remained in place for 30 years – until 1990. From 1991 until 2009 the race win was worth 10 points, Between 1991 and 2002 the 10-6-4-3-2-1 system was used. From 2003 also the 7th and 8th cars were given points under the most recent 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points system.

It looks like from 2010 on we will have to get used to sort of Moto GP like double digit numbers …

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  1. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    What I don’t like is you can no longer compare past drivers point totals to current drivers.  

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