I was watching football the other day and thought it was interesting how so much more emphasis was placed on the mid and bottom table teams because they have something to fight for. In the Premier league the top 4 teams get access to a ‘European champions league’ and the next 4 get access to a ‘Europa league’, furthermore, the bottom three teams get relegated at the end of the season to the lower league. This means that pretty much every team in the league gets some coverage and comment, because every team has something to ‘fight’ for.
This got me thinking, in F1 the entire emphasis seems almost exclusively on the championship struggle, but sometimes (like maybe this season), you’ll get one driver who’s just dominating the championship, and maybe it would be nice to see other stories. For example, there was barely any coverage of the fight between Virgin and Hispania last season to not finish last in the championship and I found the Petrov / Hulk fight for 13th exiting.
So, I was thinking perhaps there should be a clear (non-money) reward system for certain achievements. Off the top of my head… The driver with the most fastest laps in a season gets to have a gold nosecone next season, or… The top 10 drivers get access to race in a pre-championship weekend series with standardized cars.
Are such ideas a little Gimmicky? – Yes. But I think they could subtly improve the way we watch F1 by making the focus slightly less on the front runners.
What do you guys think? Good idea? Or a complete non-starter