I've just had an idea so awesome that I'm concerned my foot might fall off and I've had to interrupt watching a meaningless F1 session to post it. My idea fixes team orders, fixes driver vs. team championships, fixes favoured drivers and one-off parts. My idea fixes the politics of F1: Make the Constructors' Championship for second place finishers only. Stick with me here. * At the end of each race, the drivers' championship is calculated as normal, using whatever points system Bernie likes today. * Following that, all teams' highest place drivers are disregarded. * The remaining 12 drivers (less DNFs - DNF is 0pt) are then ranked using the same points system and this is the constructors' championship Quick & dirty example - 2010 German Grand Prix: Race Result & Drivers' Championship 1. Alonso (25pt) 2. Massa (18pt) 3. Vettel (15pt) 4. Hamilton (12pt) 5. Button (10pt) 6. Webber (8pt) 7. Kubica (6pt) 8. Rosberg (4pt) 9. Schumacher (2pt) 10. Petrov (1pt) 11. Kobayashi 12. Barrichello 13. Hulkenburg 14. de la Rosa 15. Alguersuari 16. Liuzzi 17. Sutil 18. Glock 19. Senna DNF - Kovalainen, di Grassi, Yamamoto, Trulli, Buemi Constructors' Championship 1. Massa (25pt) 2. Button (18pt) 3. Webber (15pt) 4. Schumacher (12pt) 5. Petrov (10pt) 6. Hulkenberg (8pt) 7. de la Rosa (6pt) 8. Sutil (4pt) DNF - di Grassi, Yamamoto, Trulli, Buemi The team order would probably still have happened - Ferrari get the same constructors' points in both cases (43pt currently, 25pt this way) but people would care less because whomever is the lead second driver scores maximum points for the team. We don't get denied a championship fight (and the constructors' championship is closer) - team orders are allowed (they happen everywhere anyway) and don't spoil the result (unless you're a one-driver fan), benefitting the whole sport. Second drivers become far more important to the team - they can't concentrate on the lead driver alone, because he doesn't get them any points. HRT/Virgin/Lotus don't need to get a driver twelve places higher at the end than at the start to score one poxy point - they need to get both cars to finish and have the second one ahead of just two others and any occasion where a higher ranked team fails to finish their second car, they get even more. This encourages reliability too - fail to finish one car and you get no Constructor points. Finish both and you're almost guaranteed a point (only Brazil has seen all 10 points-paying positions for this scheme filled - no eleventh car though) I've tried to work out this season's constructors' championship with this system. Currently it stands at: Edit: Post-Abu Dhabi added: 1. Red Bull - 279pt 2. Ferrari - 276pt 3. McLaren - 267pt 4. Mercedes - 195pt 5. Williams - 140pt 6. Renault - 117pt 7. Toro Rosso - 113pt 8. Sauber - 107pt 9. Force India - 91pt 10. Hispania - 51pt 11. Lotus - 40pt 12. Virgin - 36pt This would mean that any of the top three teams can still win it, along with any of the top four drivers winning their championship. Edit: Decided at the final race with a gap of TWELVE points 1st-3rd (compared to 102 in reality - or 51 if you take into account half the field scoring). The only driver to not score any constructor points - thus never having finished behind his teammate with both cars finishing - is Robert Kubica. Which tells everyone, through the beauty of maths, that Vitaly Petrov is Captain Crashy McCrashpants or that Renault don't support him (or both). The most valuable team drivers are Felipe Massa (218pt), Jenson Button (206pt), Mark Webber (178pt) and Michael Schumacher (165pt), who finish behind their teammates with both cars finishing more often than anyone else. Red Bull are the most even top team (62:38 split constructor points) - Ferrari the least even (78:22 split constructor points). Williams are the most even team with (60:40 split constructor points). So you get enhanced reliability, team orders rendered moot (they'll still happen, as they already do, but who cares?), mathematical proof of the balance in teams (which, having watched a lot of North American sports coverage, will make F1 more accessible to US fans) and at least one of the championships is tighter than a duckling's bunghole (I'll work out previous seasons later), even if we end up with another 7 years' of drivers' tedium. I rule. Discuss.