You’d drive to the points system of the time.
I don’t think that’s true 99.9% of the time. Drivers are almost always striving to finish in the highest position possible. The only time this isn’t the case is for the driver who’s leading the championship in the championship-deciding round. Nelson Piquet at Kyalami in 1983 would be a good example.
But the points system has no bearing on the drivers’ approach to races the vast majority of the time.
The new point system has totally ruined statistics.
No more so than was the case when the points system was changed in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1991 or 2003:
Think the new F1 points system is weird? We’ve seen much stranger than that…
If anything what’s good about the latest points change is that now it’s completely obvious that gross points totals aren’t a useful means of measuring driver achievement across multiple seasons.