So, I’ve been working on something for the past two weeks. I always liked to compare drivers by how many points they scored, but it was always something hard to do and became almost completely meaningless with the points system introduced in 2010, so I thought it would be agood idea to convert all points to a single point-scoring system. This spreadsheet is the result of it:
As you can see, I plotted how many times each driver finished in each position throughout their careers, and also how many times they retired/not-classified and how many times they were disqualified from a race. After doing that, it is easy to convert the finishes into a single points system, or, more accurately, three different points systems. I decided to use the pre-2003 system (10-6-4-3-2-1), pre-2010 system (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1) and the current one. Also calculated are points as a percentage of total available and retirement rates.
But then I figured I could calculate a few other thins besides points and retirements. In the other spreadsheets on that same file, you can find ranks on things like wins and podiums, points, points finishes, races started, retirements and races started, everything with total numbers and percentage.
I have stats on all drivers who raced at least one race between 1989 and 2011. Naturally, drivers who never started a race, such as Gary Brabham, Giovanna Amati and Perry McCarthy are not present. Current drivers are highligthed in bold.
Hopefully I’ll have all drivers included before the year is out, and then I’ll work on a teams chart. I think I’ll not put drivers who only raced in the Indianapolis 500, as for all intents and purposes, they weren’t F1 drivers. If you think I should, let me know. Also let me know what do you think of this data, how it is displayed and so on :)