Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Applying New F1 Points System to the Past

Formula 1 has changed their championship scoring system for the 2014 season. It is very similar to the system that was adopted in 2010, seeing drivers who finish 1-10, as well as completing over 90% of the race distance, earn points. Points get distributed 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 respectively for the top-ten drivers. The added tweak for the 2014 season is the final round, in this year's case Abu Dhabi, points will be doubled, meaning point allocation will be 50-36-30-24-20-16-12-8-4-3 respectively.

This got me thinking about how things might have been different not only in the past couple of years, but in the past several decades, if the new points system plus the point allocation spread had been if it existed back in the day. After a lot of careful calculations, I concluded that things would be very different, especially in the 80s and 90s. Before I continue, let's review the history of F1 scoring over the past 30 years:
  • 2014- - As mentioned above, drivers who finish 90% of the race as well as finishing 1-10 will receive points, allocated at 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1, with points being doubled in the final round.
  • 2010-2013 - Drivers who finish 90% of the race as well as finishing 1-10 will receive points, allocated at 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.
  • 2003-2009 - Drivers who finish 90% of the race as well as finishing 1-8 will receive points, allocated at 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
  • 1991-2002 - Drivers who finish 90% of the race as well as finishing 1-6 receive points, allocated at 10-6-4-3-2-1.
  • ~1984-1990 - Drivers who finish 90% of the race as well as finishing 1-6 receive points, allocated at 9-6-4-3-2-1. Only your top eleven rounds would count towards the championship, with the rest of your race results scrapped.
I do have the full adjusted standings of all drivers between now and 1984. If you would like the full list, let me know and I can email it to you! 

With that being said, here are the results by season, with the top-five drivers in the season under their respective point systems versus what it would have been given the 2014 scoring system (all the old results will be listed first, with the adjusted results below them, sorted by year):

2013
1) Sebastian Vettel - 397 
2) Fernando Alonso - 242
3) Mark Webber - 199 
4) Lewis Hamilton - 189
5) Kimi Raikkonen - 183 

1) Sebastian Vettel - 422
2) Fernando Alonso - 257
3) Mark Webber - 217
4) Lewis Hamilton - 191
5) Kimi Raikkonen - 183


2012
Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso - F1 Grand Prix of Italy
Clive Mason / Getty Images Europe
1) Sebastian Vettel - 281
2) Fernando Alonso - 278
3) Kimi Raikkonen - 207

4) Lewis Hamilton - 190
5) Jenson Button - 188

1) Fernando Alonso - 298
2) Sebastian Vettel - 289
3) Jenson Button - 213
4) Kimi Raikkonen - 208
5) Mark Webber - 191


2011
1) Sebastian Vettel - 392
2) Jenson Button - 270
3) Mark Webber - 258
4) Fernando Alonso - 257
5) Lewis Hamilton - 227

1) Sebastian Vettel - 410
2) Jenson Button - 285
3) Mark Webber - 283
4) Fernando Alonso - 269
5) Lewis Hamilton - 227


2010
1) Sebastian Vettel - 256
2) Fernando Alonso - 252
3) Mark Webber - 242
4) Lewis Hamilton - 240
5) Jenson Button - 214

1) Sebastian Vettel - 281
2) Lewis Hamilton - 258
3) Fernando Alonso - 258
4) Mark Webber - 246
5) Jenson Button - 229


2009
1) Jenson Button - 95
2) Sebastian Vettel - 84
3) Rubens Barrichello - 77
4) Mark Webber - 69.5
5) Lewis Hamilton - 49

1) Jenson Button - 254.5
2) Sebastian Vettel - 231
3) Rubens Barrichello - 203
4) Mark Webber - 184
5) Lewis Hamilton - 121
5) Kimi Raikkonen - 121


2008
Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa - Brazilian F1 Grand Prix
Clive Mason / Getty Images South America
1) Lewis Hamilton - 98
2) Felipe Massa - 97
3) Kimi Raikkonen - 75
3) Robert Kubica - 75
5) Fernando Alonso - 61

1) Felipe Massa - 265
2) Lewis Hamilton - 253
3) Kimi Raikkonen - 204
4) Robert Kubica - 184
5) Fernando Alonso - 172


2007
1) Kimi Raikkonen - 110
2) Lewis Hamilton - 109
2) Fernando Alonso - 109
4) Felipe Massa - 94
5) Nick Heidfeld - 61

1) Kimi Raikkonen - 297
2) Fernando Alonso - 281
3) Lewis Hamilton - 271
4) Felipe Massa - 246
5) Nick Heidfeld - 159


2006
1) Fernando Alonso - 134
2) Michael Schumacher - 121
3) Felipe Massa - 80
4) Giancarlo Fisichella - 72
5) Kimi Raikkonen - 65

1) Fernando Alonso - 339
2) Michael Schumacher - 308
3) Felipe Massa - 225
4) Giancarlo Fisichella - 191
5) Kimi Raikkonen - 168


2005
1) Fernando Alonso - 133
2) Kimi Raikkonen - 112
3) Michael Schumacher - 62
4) Juan Pablo Montoya - 60
5) Giancarlo Fisichella - 58

1) Fernando Alonso - 347
2) Kimi Raikkonen - 295
3) Giancarlo Fisichella - 156
4) Michael Schumacher - 153
5) Juan Pablo Montoya - 150


2004
1) Michael Schumacher - 148
2) Rubens Barrichello - 114
3) Jenson Button - 85
4) Fernando Alonso - 59
5) Juan Pablo Montoya - 58

1) Michael Schumacher - 373
2) Rubens Barrichello - 286
3) Jenson Button - 206
4) Juan Pablo Montoya - 171
5) Fernando Alonso - 158


2003
1) Michael Schumacher - 93
2) Kimi Raikkonen - 91
3) Juan Pablo Montoya - 82
4) Rubens Barrichello - 65
5) Ralf Schumacher - 58

1) Michael Schumacher - 240
2) Kimi Raikkonen - 231
3) Juan Pablo Montoya -196 
4) Rubens Barrichello - 188
5) Ralf Schumacher - 146


2002
1) Michael Schumacher - 144
2) Rubens Barrichello - 77
3) Juan Pablo Montoya - 50
4) Ralf Schumacher - 42
5) David Coulthard - 41

1) Michael Schumacher - 405
2) Rubens Barrichello - 241
3) Juan Pablo Montoya - 187
4) David Coulthard - 158
5) Ralf Schumacher - 157


2001
1) Michael Schumacher - 123
2) David Coulthard - 65
3) Rubens Barrichello - 56
4) Ralf Schumacher - 49
5) Mika Hakkinen - 37

1) Michael Schumacher - 352
2) David Coulthard - 226
3) Rubens Barrichello - 205
4) Ralf Schumacher - 164
5) Mika Hakkinen - 141


2000
1) Michael Schumacher - 108
2) Mika Hakkinen - 89
3) David Coulthard - 73
4) Rubens Barrichello - 62
5) Ralf Schumacher - 24

1) Michael Schumacher - 311
2) Mika Hakkinen - 270
3) David Coulthard - 250
4) Rubens Barrichello - 220
5) Ralf Schumacher - 105


1999
Photo credit not given
1) Mika Hakkinen - 76
2) Eddie Irvine - 74
3) Heinz-Harald Frentzen - 54
4) David Coulthard - 48
5) Michael Schumacher - 44

1) Eddie Irvine - 252
2) Mika Hakkinen - 241
3) Heinz-Harald Frentzen - 193
4) Michael Schumacher - 151
5) Ralf Schumacher - 150


1998
1) Mika Hakkinen - 100
2) Michael Schumacher - 86
3) David Coulthard - 56
4) Eddie Irvine - 47
5) Jacques Villeneuve - 21

1) Mika Hakkinen - 296
2) Michael Schumacher - 242
3) David Coulthard - 200
4) Eddie Irvine - 191
5) Jacques Villeneuve - 123


1997*
1) Jacques Villeneuve - 81
2) Heinz-Harald Frentzen - 42
3) David Coulthard - 36
3) Jean Alesi - 36
5) Gerhard Berger - 27
5) Mika Hakkinen - 27

1) Jacques Villeneuve - 237
2) Heinz-Harald Frentzen - 159
3) Jean Alesi - 143
4) David Coulthard - 138
5) Mika Hakkinen - 130


1996
1) Damon Hill - 97
2) Jacuqes Villeneuve - 78
3) Michael Schumacher - 59
4) Jean Alesi - 47
5) Mika Hakkinen - 31

1) Damon Hill - 283
2) Jacques Villeneuve - 226
3) Michael Schumacher - 191
4) Jean Alesi - 164
5) Mika Hakkinen - 155


1995
1) Michael Schumacher - 102
2) Damon Hill - 69
3) David Coulthard - 49
4) Johnny Herbert - 45
5) Jean Alesi - 42

1) Michael Schumacher - 268
2) Damon Hill - 221
3) Johnny Herbert - 167 
4) David Coulthard - 154
5) Jean Alesi - 137


1994
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1) Michael Schumacher - 92
2) Damon Hill - 91
3) Gerhard Berger - 41
4) Mika Hakkinen - 26
5) Jean Alesi - 24

1) Damon Hill - 252
2) Michael Schumacher - 236
3) Gerhard Berger - 149
4) Jean Alesi - 102
5) Mika Hakkinen - 99


1993
1) Alain Prost - 99
2) Ayrton Senna - 73
3) Damon Hill - 69
4) Michael Schumacher - 52
5) Riccardo Patrese - 20

1) Alain Prost - 289
2) Ayrton Senna - 232
3) Damon Hill - 219
4) Michael Schumacher - 160
5) Riccardo Patrese - 92


1992
1) Nigel Mansell - 108
2) Riccardo Patrese - 56
3) Michael Schumacher - 53
4) Ayrton Senna - 50
5) Gerhard Berger - 49

1) Nigel Mansell - 279
2) Michael Schumacher - 199
3) Gerhard Berger - 182
4) Ricardo Patrese - 177
5) Martin Brundle - 161


1991
1) Ayrton Senna - 96
2) Nigel Mansell - 72
3) Riccardo Patrese - 53
4) Gerhard Berger - 43
5) Alain Prost - 34

1) Ayrton Senna - 287
2) Nigel Mansell - 205
3) Riccardo Patrese - 176
4) Gerhard Berger - 145
5) Alain Prost - 118


1990
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1) Ayrton Senna - 78
2) Alain Prost - 71 
3) Nelson Piquet - 43
4) Gerhard Berger - 43
5) Nigel Mansell - 37

1) Alain Prost - 240
2) Ayrton Senna - 231
3) Nelson Piquet - 194
4) Gerhard Berger - 169
5) Thierry Boutsen - 136


1989
1) Alain Prost - 76
2) Ayrton Senna - 60
3) Riccardo Patrese - 40
4) Nigel Mansell - 38
5) Thierry Boutsen - 37

1) Alain Prost - 245
2) Ayrton Senna - 174
3) Thierry Boutsen - 154
4) Riccardo Patrese - 151
5) Alessandro Nannini - 137


1988
No photo credit listed
1) Ayrton Senna - 90
2) Alain Prost - 87
3) Gerhard Berger - 41
4) Thierry Boutsen - 27
5) Michele Alboreto - 24

1) Alain Prost - 326
2) Ayrton Senna - 293
3) Gerhard Berger - 147
4) Thierry Boutsen - 139
5) Nelson Piquet - 112


1987
1) Nelson Piquet - 73
2) Nigel Mansell - 61
3) Ayrton Senna - 57
4) Alain Prost - 46
5) Gerhard Berger - 36

1) Nelson Piquet - 228
2) Ayrton Senna - 190
3) Nigel Mansell - 183
4) Alain Prost - 160
5) Gerhard Berger - 141


1986 
1) Alain Prost - 72
2) Nigel Mansell - 70
3) Nelson Piquet - 69
4) Ayrton Senna - 55
5) Stefan Johansson - 23

1) Alain Prost - 258
2) Nelson Piquet - 235
3) Nigel Mansell - 223
4) Ayrton Senna - 174
5) Stefan Johansoon - 108


1985
1) Alain Prost - 73
2) Michele Alboreto - 53
3) Keke Rosberg - 40
4) Ayrton Senna - 38
5) Elio de Angelis - 33

1) Alain Prost - 233
2) Michele Alboreto - 164
3) Keke Rosberg - 154
4) Elio de Angelis - 135
5) Ayrton Senna - 123


1984 
1) Niki Lauda - 72
2) Alain Prost - 71.5
3) Elio de Angelis - 34
4) Michele Alboreto - 30.5
5) Nelson Piquet - 29

1) Alain Prost - 238.5
2) Niki Lauda - 227
3) Elio de Angelis - 150
4) Rene Arnoux - 116.5
5) Michele Alboreto - 114



*In the 1997 season, Michael Schumacher was excluded from the championship after an incident with Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez, where Schumacher was deemed to have caused a collision with Villeneuve. Had he not been excluded, he would have finished P2 in the championship.

The biggest winner if the points had been the 2014 format would have easily been Alain Prost. The very consistent and fast driver would have added three titles to his mantle. Given the rule that he raced under where your top eleven results counted and the rest were excluded, Prost actually had many good results go away.

Anything else standout to you?! Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

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