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Who would have shone in 2010 under old points systems?

The new points format introduced in F1 2010 certainly kept fans on the edge-of-their-seats this year - but how much difference did it actually make to the end result? To find out, read on...
The revised points system implemented in F1 2010 has been praised in part for helping to produce such a thrilling, fascinatingly unpredictable and fiercely-contested campaign in which five drivers entered the last two races in contention to clinch the coveted crown, and four of them stood a chance still heading into the Abu Dhabi finale – but how much difference did the scoring changes really make?

Here at Crash.net, we have got our calculators out and done our sums to determine what the pecking order would have been under the 10-6-4-3-2-1 format that persisted from 1991 up until 2002, and under the extended system that rewarded finishers as far down as eighth place from 2003 to 2009.

In 2010, of course, it was the top ten who troubled the scorers, with a greater margin between victory and second place than has been seen for the last eight years. So who benefitted from it, and who lost out?

Although the ultimate destiny of the laurels would have remained unchanged either way, there would have been a switch of positions amongst two of the other title protagonists under the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 regulations.

Under both of the previous scoring systems, meanwhile, two of this season's top ten would have come off rather worse in relation to their respective team-mates than they actually did – highlighting the fact that many of their points finishes were in the very lower reaches and that big results were few-and-far-between.

To find out who we are talking about, just follow the links below:

For the points table under the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format, click here

For the points table under the 10-6-4-3-2-1 format, click here

For the final F1 2010 standings, click here

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James Montgomery

December 12, 2010 6:51 PM
Last Edited 1625 days ago

In the end... the points system change did not make a great deal of change to the championship standings. However what it has done is allowed teams lower in the field to score points... which I agree is a cheap way... seeing that Williams would have scored just 6 points this season on a system where 18 years ago they dominated and one of their drivers managed to get into the 3 figure mark! It has ruined the history of the points system... Vettel scored 21.64 points less this season than Fangio did in his whole career... to me that doesn't sound right! However the old system was good when cars were unreliable, it meant that the slower teams could nick a point now and then and it meant alot to them! That won't happen now so the FIA had to do something to allow the lower teams get a chance of reaching the points.

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