F1 » Brundle: Don't punish F1 drivers for 'having a go'

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JJ - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 11:12 AM

I think this idea is quite stupid. Race wins should count more than they do now, but should not decide the championship completely.

Now you have a situation where a driver can spin out 10 races, win 7 because he has the fastest car and win the WC, whereas a driver maximizing his car every race, picking up the pieces has no chance at all (fi, Kubica last year).

Also, this makes it far more beneficial to incorporate team orders. Say BMW has a car that can win 5 races this year and Ferrari 8. If Ferrari would let the drivers duke it out for 4 races each and Heidfeld would win 5...You're not going to let someone win who hasn't won before in the season.

Kimi champ, Hamilton 7th place.

Phil W - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 11:13 AM

I agree with a lot that Martin Brundle says here, particularly about the new method not really mattering. The teams and drivers will always adapt their approach to the championship to best fit new rules.
What I don't agree with is this whole thing about the politics of the sport being somehow interesting or newsworthy. I think we have two old men (Max & Bernie) leading the sport who may have great knowledge and experience, and who are doubtlessly skilled in politics and debate, but who simply don't know what it's like to sit down at home on a Sunday afternoon and watch a motor race. They don't understand the 850 million fans who do because they both live in such a rarefied world.

DC Forever - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 1:02 PM

Ok - What I don't want to see is a scenario like this

Going into last grand prix, Drivers X and Y both have 6 wins, but X has 11 or more old style championship points more.

Driver X has a mechanical problem, Driver Y wins the race and the championship, but wouldn't (and shouldn't) have won under the old, fairer, system.
It would be a travesty.

John VFR - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 2:04 PM

Only two or three weeks to the first race,and F (for fiasco!)1 is still messing around with the rules.Too much money,too hard to follow,to many politics,and ultimately boring "racing".One F1 fan lost to MotoGP,proper racing!

Chicanery - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 2:09 PM

Brundle is correct that penalties need to stop being handed out every time a driver tries to overtake and the outcome doesn't go as planned. I'm so sick of hearing "That was an overly optimistic move!" or "He came from a long way back!" or "He should have stayed put and took the points!". Anything that makes passing more of a reward is a good thing and stop vilifying drivers who muck it up while trying.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 3:46 PM

I'm slightly warming to the winner-takes all idea. Here's a scenario no-one's thought of yet. FIRST GP of the season, Massa and Roikkonen leave the last pit stop one second apart. Under the old rules, either could settle for second, and be 2 points behind the other with another 170 (assuming 18 GP's) up for grabs. Under the new rules, settling for second will mean being ONE point behind with only another SEVENTEEN up for grabs. The value of the win is SOOOO much higher, and I assume they will therefore 'go for it' to the finish (assuming no Ferrari team orders). If they take each other off that would be an even better result! I did start with a serious point, do y'all understand?

Taz - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 3:55 PM

If it has merit or not, the point is you can't make a major rule change like that two weeks before the season starts.

If I was a sponser I'd be pretty dismayed.

rob - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 4:01 PM

Pier... there is a flaw in your idea.. There is only one pit box. Kimi would have to leave at least ten seconds later. Can't get them both in the same box. Ten seconds is being nice as Massa may drag the fuel hose down pit lane. And surely there would be no penalty. A more likely story would be Brawn wins and then told that the diffuser is illegal and the win gifted to Massa. That's very possible at Melbourne.

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