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I think the points system is fair, but
I think it could be better. Give the fastest lap of
the race 1 point, and revamp the points system so that the winning
driver earns 9, 2nd
wins 7, 3rd wins 5, 4th wins 4, 5th wins 3 6th wins 2, and as I
mentioned, fastest lap of
the race wins 1. I think pole position for fastest qualifyer is
its own reward, but perhaps
the fastest qualifyer should pick his position, either inside or
outside. This could benefit
him by positioning his rivals in a disadvantageous position relative
to his own - Tom R - USA
I think first place must be rewarded with
9 points as in the past, but the pole position deserves 1 point - Mario
A - Guatemala
I don't believe the current scoring
system is fair when you can have the two top teams so far in front. Ok
fine, you may say that they deserve to be but this is only because they
have the resources to build the fastest cars. I believe Bernie gives
money to the teams based on points earned. Surely if points were scored
down to 10th place then more teams would be able recoup some of the huge
budgets required to field a team enabling them to have extra funds
available for better development which should bring closer competition.
Moral: Don't just feed the majority of the funds back to the top six
(more importantly the top 2), spread it to some of lower ranks as well
to assist their development for the benefit of closer competition in
years to come!!!!! - Andrew
R - Australia
Blocking should be banned, it does
nothing for the race. Only turns the race into a shame, drivers should
give way to the faster drivers. Also there should be a rolling start in
Formula 1 as that would make the race more competitive at the start. If
a team is caught cheating, the driver should lose his points as this
gives him and advantage - Monty - England
I think the points system is fair as you can see how close it is, as in
other sports like NASCAR, you get points for most laps led which I think
is pointless. But I feel that having a couple of points for qualifying
first is a good idea - David H - England
It is certainly sad to see that more than 75% of the points
are scored by only two teams. However, we need to also ask ourselves why this is
happening. It happens because Ferrari and McLaren are the 2 best teams in Formula 1 today.
Yes, they have the most money and probably the best people too, but then teams like
Williams, BAR, Jaguar and Benetton are hardly paupers either. Besides, it is the very
essence of sport that you set out to be the very best there is. If that means totally
dominating your sport, then so be it. Look at Tiger Woods in 2000 and Michael Jordan's
Chicago Bulls in the 90s. Anyway, utter domination in Formula 1 is nothing new. Look at
McLaren in 1988-91 and Williams in 1992 and 93. Its always a game of "catch-up"
in Formula 1 and today, that is what the others must do.
I also don't think that points should be awarded to the top 10 finishers. Think about it.
How many Grand Prix actually have 10 cars running at the finish? Perhaps the only change
they should make is changing the number of points a winner gets from 10 back to 9 points.
This way, Schumacher would have won his title by 5 points less and the championship race
would have carried on till the last race - Faisal S - Malaysia
The current points system is fair because it rewards
results - they are spoils of war. But that does not mean that the system will change! TV
ratings and sponsorship money are growing more important every season. TV ratings and the
associated ad money paid to televise for qualifying may push F1 to award pole points.
Also, with major automotive manufacturers like Honda, Ford, MB and Toyota pouring cash
into the sport, these folks will want - demand! - results. Going an entire season
(or two) without scoring any points, as could happen for Toyota if their CART program is
any indication, is not going to make for happy chief executives! NASCAR has figured this
out and is awash in dollars. I hope F1 leaves things alone, but I bet we will see pole
points and most laps led points very soon. Maybe we'll even see fastest lap points or
points all the way back to 10th place? - Dom M - USA
The purpose of a scoring system is to quantify the in-race
performance differential of the various drivers and teams.
2000 saw a clear differentiation between the 'A' teams and
the rest. This has been a common situation in all my time as a follower of F1 (sure the
players in A grade may and do change from time to time) and the scoring system has
faithfully reflected this differential. Today Ferrari and McLaren Mercedes are dominant.
The points illustrate this dominance.
Modifying the scoring system will not put Minardi's on the
podium and adding points for laps in the lead, pole positions, fastest laps etc will only
increase the points dominance of the leading teams. I haven't bothered to do the
calculations but I guarantee that the lions share of these 'bonus' points would be sitting
in the trophy cabinets of Schumacher, Hakkinen et al. If we really need to artificially
bring the best teams back to the pack perhaps we could add one or two kilograms per point
to each drivers car (or make them carry their trophies from previous rounds - Ferrari
might then learn how to make a decent sized/shaped luggage area and let the technology
flow down to their road cars - I will be the first in for a retro fit if they do)?
No, if we accept that the scoring system reflects relative
performance then lets accept that two teams whitewashed the field in 2000. Coming 6th does
not mean that it took 5 other cars to beat you and gaining a point for coming tenth may
make a difference to the ego's of a few drivers and team owners but it won't change their
competitiveness! - Geoff H - Australia
yes i do think the current system is fair, formula 1 is
about money and technology etc so i think it would be rewarding mediocrity to award
further cars and teams etc for coming 5th or sixth.However the problem lies in not enough
teams being able to compete for the top 2 spots. You will not fix the current problem by
awarding more teams with with more points, its just artificially creating competition and
will not make the racing any more exciting as the same teams will be at the front and the
same teams at the back.Making the driver a much bigger part of the percentage is the only
way to fix competitiveness - mtolcon - Australia