Or 6th on L43: 43/44x8 + 1/44x15 = 8.2 points
I said it before, and I’ll say it again, apologies for this starting to get complicated, but it doed now take into account their performance and progress through in the race in question.
|Driver||Race||Total Laps||Lap||Points||Laps Remaining||Average||Redress|
We have clearly seen that Lewis has suffered the most from ‘unfair’ incidents this season, and these earn him an adjustment totalling 47.6 points – that’s almost 2 win’s worth of points that he’s missed out on!! With the addition of this it moves him up ahead of Kimi Räikkönen in the WDC to take third – a position that might better represent the performance of his driving and the car throughout the season. (Apologies Kimi and Kimi-fans.)
The most important change that this adjustment brings is that Alonso becomes World Driver Champion! Essentially, if he had been ‘allowed’ to race in Belgium the calculation suggests he should pick up an average of 14.8 points, which more than bridge the gap between himself and Vettel. So congratulations Fernando, a well deserved title and well done for becoming the youngest-ever triple Champion*! (*If not in real-life, then in all ‘fairness’ he should be. That is until in all likelihood Seb steals it back in the near future.)
Not only has Fernando done well to drag his Ferrari up to a position of contention to beat Sebastian, but if it wasn’t for Romain in Spa… *grumbles* …If drivers get punishments for these incidents then surely the ones detrimentally affected can get ‘damages’!? It has to be said that Seb has suffered from a variety of incidents and crashes during the season, but not race-ending ones that fall under this remit.
Apart from Lewis’ and Fernando’s change of position for the better, none of the other drivers who have adjusted totals have either moved up or down. These drivers either have only one race that has been affected, or have small averages that haven’t altered the totals much. (This method doesn’t upend the table and overly alter drivers’ positions; it just helps in cases of close scores or lots of incidents.)
I think it has been clear from Fernando’s ability to drag his car repeatedly into the positions that he achieved that he deserved the WDC most this year, but I don’t want to diminish Seb’s achievement either; he has deserved it also – especially from some dominant race weekends that he’s had and the standards of other recovery-drives that he’s put together.
|Red Bull||460||Red Bull||468|
|Force India||109||Force India||109|
|Toro Rosso||26||Toro Rosso||28|
When he’s tangled with others, rather than being forced out of the race, he’s managed to come away with some points. He has also may have suffered from his share of mechanical issues like most other drivers, and even though it may not have looked it at times, luck most definitely has been on his side this season.
In related news, when the adjusted scores are combined to generate the team standings it doesn’t prevent Red Bull for scooping the Constructors crown, but the only change that it does make is to bump McLaren up to 3rd in the standings. I’m not sure whether they’d be pleased to hear that they ‘deserved’ to finish second, or less so because they didn’t and so didn’t receive the extra prize money for doing so.
So… it would be nice to think that the FIA might institute something like this so that the victims of circuit-based ‘crimes’ aren’t forgotten, and that they receive compensation that is only ‘fair’, as well as the offenders receiving the punishment that they deserve.
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References Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean
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