I was thinking about no.1/no.2 set-up vs equal status in light of the Red Bull seat recently. In case of two top-level equal status case, the case of one taking the points off the other can be equate to a loss of half a position each race on average. A and B finish 2 and 3, 3 and 2, 3 and 4, 4 and 3, etc. Let's say you have another top team (of equal performance car for comparison). Let's say this driver C then oscillates back and forth of driver A from the other team.
Case 1: no.1/no2 set-up for A
Avg. finishing position of A (let'say): 3
Then, avg. finishing position of C: 3
Case 2: equal-status A-B
Avg. finishing position of A: 3.5
Avg. finishing position of C: 3.5 too (Because the other top driver teammate B would tail A all the time or immediately precede A all the time. C could only finish ahead of them both. A and B finish 3 and 4, and, 4 and 3 respectively. C once jumps them both to 2 and then falls behind to 5 in the next race. Or if he splits A-B to the detriment of B, then you can imagine he would split to be detriment of A also the same way since A and B are so closely matched and the same position difference would exist.
Avg. finishing position of B: 3.5 as well
So, it looks like the equal-status technically has no problem and it would boost the WCC chances tremendously. The points your teammate is taking off you are likely to be the same amount that he would take off your WDC rival from another team. If he does not take points off you, the chances are that he won't take points off your other team WDC rival either, that is unless of course you have a car that is so much better than others. In that case, you still shouldn't have a problem with your other team WDC rival because you anyway have a better car and you would still finish ahead of him even if your equal-status teammate finishes ahead of you. The biggest bonanza is your team might in fact have two shots at winning the WDC.
In other words, their chances of winning the WDC could arguably even double. Just look at Red Bull 2010. So, in theory there may not be any problem. It looks like the problem comes with ego and temper. A sees B beating and gets riled up, suspects team, gets mentally messed up and suffers a melt-down. So if you have two sensible composed drivers, this would work, and work great. So, it looks like rather than this being a problem of the system, this seems like a problem of personality/character.
The question is can we get two such balanced and composed drivers from the top echelon. It is normally difficult since lot of them seem to be egomaniacs and drama-queens. But, I don't want to blame the system as taking points-off-each-other, the fault is with character. I could think of 2007, 2010 as years WDCs were helped by equal-status in the team. I can't think of any championships lost recently because of points-taken-off-each-other when the drivers had remained in good terms with each other and have maintained composure.
To me, it looks like having the two strongest drivers possible is the best way to go about anything in F1. The only question is do we get two level-headed calm top drivers.
Edited by SpaMaster, 10 August 2013 - 20:48.