There is a recent thread discussing the current WDC system and how fair it is. Many ideas have been suggested & debated.
So, I thought I would pitch in with an idea I borrowed online, do some leg work and present it to you.
So here goes. How about splitting the 19 races of this season into 3 rounds, something very similar to the current qualy format. After the first 7 races, 6 drivers get eliminated from the title fight and can only from there on compete for places 17-22. After another 6 races, eliminate 6 more drivers from the title fight and lock them in positions 11-16. The last 6 races will be for a title fight between the top 10 drivers at that point.
At the end of every round, drivers who have passed the round would have their scores reset to 0 for the next round. Drivers who get eliminated in a particular round will not lose their score and will compete with those who got eliminated on the basis of their cumulative score starting from the round they get eliminated in.
Here is a snapshot of how it would look this season now that we have completed the first round of 7 races.
Positions 17-22 and the guys in yellow will now only compete for these positions. Since they were eliminated in the first round, all 19 races would count towards their battle within positions 17-22.
The other 16 guys would now compete for elimination between Austria and Italy and their score would be reset to 0. So everyone in the top 16 starts with a clean slate.
At the end of the Italian race, 6 more drivers get eliminated, the top 10 have their scores reset to 0 and they will compete in the last 6 races for the title based on the points they score only in the last 6 races. The drivers who get eliminated after Italy will have their score counted all the way from Austria till the last race for deciding positions 11-16.
The WCC points however stay the same and the benefits that results from WCC points (including money) stay the same. This will ensure that teams try their best every weekend even though they may have cleared a certain round.
1. The title fight is not a foregone conclusion. The driver who scores the maximum points in the last 6 races is the WDC. For example, plenty of fans are already writing off this season because of the Merc domination. That would no longer be true.
2. Teams will not stop developing their cars and the competition will be intense every year till the very end.
3. Individual races will be more exciting as drivers and teams try to make the cut off if they risk elimination.
4. Drivers will likely need to perform well in all 3 rounds to be champion. So consistency will be rewarded.
1. You could argue that the races earlier on the calendar dont count for the "actual" title fight and may generate lesser interest.
2. Teams may not go all out in earlier races (but see the point above for WCC).