Bernard’s medals

Interestingly, if Bernie Ecclestone’s plan of awarding gold medals to race winners had been in place this season, Jenson Button would have wrapped the Championship up after the Singapore GP the other week.

Bernie wanted to reward first places with gold medals, seconds with silvers, and so on – like at the Olympics – to work out where everyone stood.

Should that have occurred, Button would be champ already. But going into the last two races of the season, the top six would be slightly different.

Here are the amounts of first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth places they’ve all got so far, in current Championship order:

Jenson Button – 6, 1, 1, 0, 2, 1
Rubens Barrichello – 2, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2
Sebastian Vettel – 3, 2, 2, 2, 0, 0
Mark Webber – 1, 3, 2, 0, 1, 1
Kimi Raikkonen – 1, 1, 3, 1, 0, 1
Lewis Hamilton – 2, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1

Which would have changed the order, on medals, to Button, Vettel, Barrichello, Hamilton, Webber and Raikkonen.

Second and third places etc would still be up for grabs, but Jenson would be World Drivers’ Champion, and he’d have little to do at Brazil and Abu Dhabi other than drive around with a smug, satisfied grin on his face.

But amusingly, the thing Bernie really doesn’t like is having a Championship sewn up too early in the season, which is exactly what would have happened if he’d got his way.

I think they call that shooting oneself in the foot.

The FIA put some info out about the medal system when they said it was going to come in for 2009, that was slightly different from Bernie’s proposal. They wanted the WDC to be decided from amount of wins, but then the rest of the places would still be on points, which means nothing would currently be different.

Other than Button being king already.

I’m sure Bernard is as glad as we all are that the teams refused to race to his or the FIA’s proposed rules. I don’t think the idea of a medals system will be brought up again, like it was supposed to be for 2010.

Good riddance, I say.

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Medal system is crap! Stay woth the points! Then, everyone would watch all of the races, and Button will still have to fight for the championship until Yas Marina at Abu Dhabi

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#26, agree, as long as they make wing dims like 2008 bcs this yrs cars look like crap, even in real.
Bookcase backwing, snowplow frontwing, whowever invented those should be hanged !

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point for fastest lap is a bad idea. if you did that people who are coming last would just pit every second lap so they can get the minimum amount of fuel.

they would just get in the way then of the leaders.

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it was always a ridiculous idea i mean there is 15 races in the season -might be wrong correct me if i am- so if someone won the first 8 races then the season would have been over that driver would have already won whereas on the points system it would still easily be up for grabs.

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Having the points rewarding the top 15 from 25 points to the winner down to 1 point for 15th is the same as Moto GP. It seems to work well enough there and does give some of the smaller teams something to aim at.

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Get rid Ecclestone and co, Let the Stig and the Driver’s run the game, they know what they want !! I like cheese on toast, Bert the guinie pig like’s carrot’s with his race. think I need to take my tablet’s!

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