Bernie Ecclestone has declared that his controversial medal system
to decide the Formula One world drivers’ champion will be introduced
Speaking at the announcement of a technology partnership between F1
and Korean electronics giant LG in London today, Ecclestone said he
expects his plan to be ratified at the next FIA World Motorsport
"It’s going to happen," said Ecclestone. "All the teams are happy.
The whole reason for this was that I was fed up with people talking
about no overtaking. The reason there’s no overtaking is nothing to do
with the circuit or the people involved, it’s to do with the drivers
not needing to overtake.
"If you are in the lead and I’m second, I’m not going to take a
chance and risk falling off the road or doing something silly to get
two more points. If I need to do it to win a gold medal, because the
most medals win the world championship, I’m going to do that. I will
Ecclestone added that his system would promote a more exciting world championship fight.
"This year, we saw on a number of occasions Lewis not overtaking
Massa for that reason," said Ecclestone. "If he’d driven for me, tried
it and made a mistake, I would have complained. It’s just not on that
someone can win the world championship without winning a race."
When asked of the timescale for implementing his plan, Ecclestone
replied: "Next year. I’m hoping it will be approved at the next FIA
When then asked if it was fair that someone who wins six races but
doesn’t finish any others, beats someone who had finished every race in
second place, Ecclestone replied: "He’ll have to try harder next year."
Under the proposed medal scheme, Felipe Massa rather than Lewis
Hamilton would have won this year’s world championship with six race
victories to Hamilton’s five.
Oh come on Bernie. You seriously have got to go, no wonder Slavica has filed for divorce. Okay, so a gold medal might motivate a second place driver to go for the pass. But what about the 18 other drivers on the grid? They have no reason whatsoever to overtake or race anyone, because they won’t be receiving any points now or any medals (though as later gathered in the comments section below, the championship will be based on the most 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th places and etc). I
agree that the driver with the most wins should be the champion, but
consistency is also key. They can’t be so consistant as to win every race
of the season, so this gold/silver/bronze medal idea doesn’t make any difference.
For example, if Kimi was second, he’ll try and win the race anyway as would any other driver. But if they cannot reach the leader, then that’s just the way it is, the car isn’t quick enough or they simply can’t manage it. But if a driver in third place is racing against second place, would a silver medal be of any significance to him? Take Kimi and Kubica at Fuji – Kubica was in second and Kimi was closing in behind, they had a great tussle and it went off track even, but Kimi didn’t take it so seriously because it wasn’t for the win. The win itself is the motivation, well it should be for a true racer (we Raikkos agree on that). A gold medal will just cause accidents and yeah we really want Hamilton or Massa to be more wreckless than they already are when racing their main rivals, aye?
I think the drivers should be asked about this, not the teams. Oh and by the way, F1 is a motorsport, not an Olympic sport no matter how much you want it to be Bernie.
The picture above is taken from F1Racing’s latest magazine issue, and it’s a Lewis Hamilton World Champion issue. Every page is about him. I haven’t read it yet as you could understand, but I have already read the article on Bernie’s crazy idea. And the picture caption says: "Who’s at the top of the medals table now, Lewis?" – "No idea. Don’t ask Kimi, he gets confused easily".
P.S For those of you wondering where on earth the 2009 Kimi calendar is, it’s still in the process of being turned into a physical good which may consume further time. In other words, there was a delay but it should be online by the end of this week! It looks fantastic, and you’re going to love it!