An interesting piece in RaceFans about something I guess we'd all vaguely noticed - there seem to be fewer F1 championships being decided on the last day than there used to be. Keith Collantine suggests it's for a few reasons:
- Perception: the late nineties were unusually last-day heavy.
- Single team domination: fewer likely challengers
- Points system changes: wins worth more relative to second place [I confess I don't see how this one is inherently helpful to winning titles early. Obviously it could be, but couldn't it also help the title challenger?]
- More and more race: greater chance to rack up the necessary big lead
Original Interactive graphic here:
I'm not sure what if anything can be done about this so I guess we can just discuss it. Is it a problem that needs fixing? Do you miss last race title deciders? Would you bring back double points or similar to increase the odds? Personally I'm all for the obvious solution - have fewer races so it's harder to build up massive leads but that's as much as I think there's too many races anyway.