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FIA reveals how medal system would have altered F1 history

NEWS STORY
30/01/2009

The FIA has today, Friday, issued the following:

Further to the proposal for medals to replace points in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA has conducted an analysis of how the proposed system would have altered the results of previous seasons.

Under the medals system, it is proposed that the top three drivers in each race would win gold, silver and bronze medals. At the end of the season the driver with the most gold medals would win the championship. If two or more drivers have the same number of golds then the silver medals would come into account and so on.

The FIA’s analysis shows that the medal system would change the outcomes of past World Championships considerably. Only 22 of the 59 World Championships to date would have the same top 3. The other 37 World Championships would be different. The World Champion would be altered on 13 occasions.

The medal system would create three 'new' World Champions who did not win the title using the various points systems.

The overall effect would be to reduce the number of World Champions, concentrating the titles in a smaller group.

The results that would change are largely before 1990. The last 20 years would be largely unchanged.

In the overall assessment the list of World Championships per driver would be altered as follows:

1958 Stirling Moss instead of Mike Hawthorn
1964 Jim Clark instead of John Surtees
1967 Jim Clark instead of Denny Hulme
1977 Mario Andretti instead of Niki Lauda
1979 Alan Jones instead of Jody Scheckter
1981 Alain Prost instead of Nelson Piquet
1982 Didier Pironi instead of Keke Rosberg
1983 Alain Prost instead of Nelson Piquet
1984 Alain Prost instead of Niki Lauda
1986 Nigel Mansell instead of Alain Prost
1987 Nigel Mansell instead of Nelson Piquet
1989 Ayrton Senna instead of Alain Prost
2008 Felipe Massa instead of Lewis Hamilton

Therefore, the World Championship winners would have been:

Michael Schumacher (7) - 1994 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Juan Manuel Fangio (5) - 1951 1954 1955 1956 1957
Alain Prost (5) - 1981 1983 1984 1985 1993
Jim Clark (4) - 1963 1964 1965 1967
Ayrton Senna (4) - 1988 1989 1990 1991
Jack Brabham (3) - 1959 1960 1966
Jackie Stewart (3) - 1969 1971 1973
Nigel Mansell (3) - 1986 1987 1992

Instead of:

Michael Schumacher (7) - 1994 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Juan Manuel Fangio (5) - 1951 1954 1955 1956 1957
Alain Prost (4) - 1985 1986 1989 1993
Jack Brabham (3) - 1959 1960 1966
Jackie Stewart (3) - 1969 1971 1973
Niki Lauda (3) - 1975 1977 1984
Nelson Piquet (3) - 1981 1983 1987
Ayrton Senna (3) - 1988 1990 1991

Key notional changes to be noted:

Brabham under the ownership of Bernie Ecclestone would have won no Drivers’ Championships.

Stirling Moss would have been the first British World Champion.

Jim Clark would have won four titles, rather than two. He would have won three consecutive titles in 1963-64-65.

Mario Andretti and Alan Jones would each have won two titles instead of one.

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