Battle of the New Teams

Much focus was on the new teams before the start of the race. From the farcical USF1 to the problems in testing surrounding Lotus and Virgin Racing. At least those managed to get some testing in, Hispania turning up on Friday with the practice sessions at Bahrain the equivalent of their testing time. Karun Chandhok not even turning a wheel until qualifying.

So, to honour the new boys, I’ve created a new championship. I present to you, The Northern Waffler Only Trophy You Are Getting This Season Championship. Catchy, I’m sure you will agree.

The basic rules, are, simply very basic. The 6 drivers in the three new cars (Lotus, Virgin Racing and HRT. It is a good time to stress Sauber and Mercedes are returning team and have more cash in any case) are all competing for the Drivers and Teams Championship. It is a simple 10-6-4-3-2-1 points format, just like the good old days. Whichever of the drivers comes top of the rest, they pick up all the points. And, just like F1, you must finish 90% of the race to get any points at all. Over to the new header for the results.

Bahrain Grand Prix

  Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 15th 10
2 Jarno Trulli Lotus 17th 6
3 Bruno Senna HRT Retired 0
4 Timo Glock Virgin Racing Retired 0
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Retired 0
6 Karun Chandhok HRT Retired 0

Despite the race being less than impressive, for the first 20 laps there was a good battle between Lotus and Virgin. Poor Karun Chandhok unfortunately crashed out on the first lap. But problems with Virgin Racing and Bruno Senna’s HRT see all four pick up 0 points from the first race. It looks rosy for Lotus at the top, basically running away with it. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, as Jarno Trulli stopped on the final lap. But a good start none the less.

As you can see, this championship is going to benefit reliability, which is crucial for the new teams to have. It is not about pace at the moment, just getting that car to the finish line in one piece and not looking ridiculously slow.

If you have any thoughts about this, please, do share in the comments, I am intrigued to find out if you like the idea or if you think it can be improved.


Posted on March 15, 2010, in New Teams Championship and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Ahhhhh… I liked it better when it was 9 points for a win and only the best 11 results counted

  2. Love this idea, championship within a championship. I’m backing Lotus!

  3. That’s a really cool idea.

    Of course there was a championship within a championship a few years back. I think it was called the Jim Clark trophy? My memory is a bit rusty on this but I think it had something to do with cars that had non-aspirated as opposed to aspirated engines.

  4. Ooh I really love this idea! I shall definitely be a regular reader of this 😉

  5. forget the reliability it will always skew the results, just have it by finishing order. Also I think the FIA rule is for the race to be more than 90% completed for full points to be awarded and not really about individual driver points at all.

  6. a mea culpa, found the ruling upon further review

    Section 45.2
    Cars having covered less than 90% of the number of laps covered by the winner (rounded down to the nearest whole number of laps), will not be classified.

    I still think that for the sake of competition you should just award the points nevertheless.
    otherwise HRT and Virgin will get 0 point for most of the year

    • First off, thanks for the comment. I must admit, I did think about it for a little while and came to the idea to reward finishing races. My other options was to halve the points scored if a driver failed to finish, so for example, Karun Chandhok would have 0.5 and Timo Glock 1.5. Is that a better idea do you think then?

    • “otherwise HRT and Virgin will get 0 point for most of the year”

      seems fair, they’ll just have to try harder 😉

      I would stick with giving zero points as that is the fairest reward for Lotus, but perhaps Leigh O’Gorman has a point about 11 best results. Maybe not 11, but ignore so many results?

      • Might work, but could get too complex and might be unfair on the other teams if they have been much more consistant.

        I think I’ll keep it the way it is.

  7. I must have been bad, that’s the second comment I’ve put on the blog and its been stuck in moderation 😦

  8. Sebastian (Birmingham, UK)

    Like the idea. I would give more credit for Kovalainen finishing two positions ahead of Trulli. Call the highest new finisher first and count back from that position so Trulli would only get four points for third. Beating established runners should get rewarded.

    • I think that is something which should be helped, but I think one of these days, it would just get too complicated. But cheers for the suggestion, it is something to take into consideration.

  9. Cool idea! Looking forward to the updates as the season progresses 🙂

    Trulli for the title, I say.

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