F1 2013 Alternate Championships – Rules and Inspiration

TO give the 2013 Formula 1 season a little extra spice, I have decided to create my own championships within the main championships.

All this season after each race I will post the following points standings: the drivers’ championship based on the 1935 and 1957 points systems, a rookie drivers’ championship, an engines’ championship and a nations’ championship.

Later in the season I will also run a European Grand Prix championship (with double points for Monaco!) as well as what the drivers’ championship would look like if only their best 11 results counted (ala the 1980s).

Hopefully these alternate championships will throw up some interesting results, or they’ll prove that no matter what system you use the cream will always rise to the top.

World Drivers’ Championship, 1935 AIACR European Championship points system.

From 1931-’32, 1935-’39 a European drivers’ championship was run and consisted of the three to five major Grand Prix of the season.

Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Monaco all held at least one championship race.

Unlike today, the driver with the least points at the end of the season was declared champion.

The winning driver would receive one point, second two and third three.

All the other drivers who finished the race or completed over 75% race distance would receive four points.

Those who completed between 50-75% were given five points; completion of only 25-50% of the race would see you get six points, while covering less than 25% distance would earn you seven points.

If you were: disqualified, didn’t start or attend (even if you were dead) you would be given a massive eight points.

My version of this championship will follow the same rules.

I picked this championship because I love this period of motor racing that is often overlooked by mainstream media.

It had it all: special drivers, bitter team and national rivalries and tragic heroes.

World Drivers’ Championship, 1957 FIA Formula 1 World Championship points system.

In the first decade of the F1 world championship the driver with the most points was champion just like the present.

But you weren’t given 25 points for a victory. You were given eight.

Second place got you six, then four, three and two points for third, fourth and fifth places respectively.

You did however get a bonus point if you set the fastest lap.

Back in the 1950s drivers could share cars and also shared the points. This is why you occasionally see that a race was won by two drivers and why they have half-point in their season or career total when the full race distance was completed.

The fastest lap point was shared if two drivers set the same fastest lap (obviously).

At the 1954 British Grand Prix: Alberto Ascari, Jean Behra, Juan Manuel Fangio, José Froilán González, Mike Hawthorn, Onofre Marimón and Sir Stirling Moss all set a fastest lap of 1:50.0, thus earning 0.14 of a point each!

I picked 1957 because it still used the original points system from 1950, was the last season before the constructors’ championship was launched and was Fangio’s last full season in F1.

I’m counting all of this year’s results in this championship, which is the only deviation to the rules from 1957 that could still be implemented.

Rookies’ Championship.

A little competition for the F1 freshers would be a good sub-plot to the season.

NASCAR and IndyCar have an official (elected) rookie of the year, so why can’t F1?

For this championship I award the highest placed rookie 25 points regardless of their finishing position, followed by 18 points for the next highest placed rookie, then 15, 12 and ten if all five of them finish.

This season’s rookies are: Mexico’s Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber), Finland’s Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Dutchman Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Frenchman Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton of Reigate, Surrey (both Marussia).

If a rookie actually scores an official world championship point(s), then that is added to their ‘rookie’ points total from that race.

Taking pole-position will earn a rookie four bonus points, while setting the fastest lap of the race will earn two bonus points.This system is used in GP2 and GP3.

This means the maximum points a rookie can score at a race is 56.

They will only be awarded points if they finish the race.

Engines’ Championship.

I’m not running a constructors’ championship because the 1935 & ’57 championships didn’t feature one.

That and I couldn’t think of a unique championship for them, but they will feature in the European championship later in the year.

So I went for the next best thing, the four engine suppliers in F1: Renault (Red Bull, Lotus, Williams & Caterham), Ferrari (the works team, Sauber & Toro Rosso), Mercedes-Benz (McLaren, the works team & Force India) and Cosworth (Marussia).

As in the rookies’ championship the engine points will be based on the current system (25, 18, 15 and 12).

At least one engine from each manufacturer must finish the race in order to earn points.

Nations’ Championship.

This was the first alternate 2013 championship I came up with.

The late A1GP billed itself as The World Cup of Motorsport but it fell on its rear and went under.

When Nigel Mansell won the 1993 IndyCar championship there was also a nations’ cup which was won by Brazil.

In my championship the winning drivers’ nationality will be awarded 25 points, the next different nationality to finish the race will receive 18 points and so on down to 1 point if a tenth different nationality finishes the race.

F1 2013 features 11 different nationalities: Germany (Vettel, Rosberg, Hülkenberg & Sutil), Australia (Webber & Ricciardo), Spain (Alonso), Brazil (Massa), England (Button, Hamilton & Chilton), Mexico (Pérez & Gutiérrez), Finland (Räikkönen & Bottas), France (Grosjean, Vergne, Pic & Bianchi), Scotland (di Resta), Venezuela (Maldonado) and Netherlands (van der Garde).

If a nationality fails to finish a race, or is 11th and last to finish the race, then it receives no points.

My explanations can be a bit long-winded, but hopefully as the season progresses you’ll get the hang of my various championships.

I hope you like them.

About Alex Crouch 92

I'm a lifelong Formula One fan who also enjoys classic rock/heavy metal music.
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