Gold Medals could replace points for the 2009 F1 season
The FIA is certainly looking to make the 2009 Formula 1 season an interesting one. The cars are now hybrids, they will have moving aerodynamic devices and there has even been talk of publishing the total weights of the cars sitting on the starting grid. Bernie Ecclestone, president of Formula 1, would also like to see some changes outside of the cars as well.
Bernie’s latest bright idea is to replace the championship point system with an Olympic style gold, silver and bronze medal for the top three finishers at every race. Under this system it would be the winningest driver, simply the person with the most victories, who is ensured to be crowned world champion.
A study performed by the FIA found that this system would have changed the outcome in 13 of the 59 world championships.
There would be three new champions: Moss, Pironi and Massa.
Lewis would not have made the cut.
Mario Andretti would be a two time champion and Ayrton Senna
would have taken the title in 1989. Most interesting is that “Brabham under the ownership of Bernie Ecclestone would have won no Drivers’ Championships.”