So after analysing finishing positions (Driver Classification), Qualifying Performance, Fastest Laps and Driver Consistency, it’s now time to put it all together and come up with some sort of ranking system. Except that this will be just for fun and does not take into account the relative car performance, any changes in strategy, size of the paycheck or claim to be a definitive ranking system ;)
Of course, the data presented here pales in comparison with Christine’s Rankings, which “are the most in-depth and accurate global driver ranking system ever produced… probably” ;)
What I want to do here is work out who performed the best using all of the previous driver summary posts. Therefore what I want to do is apply some kind of weighted scoring system, giving the categories with more importance a higher percentage of the overall score.
For me, the most important thing any driver can do is to finish as well as possible – therefore I have decided to give this the highest rating (50%). The reasons for this should be quite clear – you cannot become a world champion without winning races and scoring points. In a championship points system which rewards consistency, the lower the average finishing position the better.
The second most important category for me is qualifying performance, for two reasons. The first reason is that it was difficult to overtake in F1 races in 2009, so starting in as high a position as possible gives a driver the best chance of finishing well, providing they can drive as well as they qualified and make the best use of their strategy. I have allocated 30% of the score to this category.
This leads to the next most important category – driver consistency. I have been blogging about driver consistency after each race this year and I am a strong believer of the idea that for a driver to succeed, they must be fast and consistent. Therefore I decided to give this category a 15% weighting.
Which means that the last category is Fastest Lap classification – which doesn’t mean very much in terms of race performance and does not affect a driver’s race in any way. However, a quick driver is usually a good driver, so I decided to allocate the last 5% to fastest lap performance.
A driver’s score could be calculated as follows:
As the categories are each ranked first to last, the driver with the lowest overall score will be judged to have performed the best in 2009. Remember, this is just for fun, so here are the results in a graph:
But I thought that it seemed a little selfish to rate the drivers this way, and a few weeks ago decided to open up this idea to the members of Sidepodcast and asked people there how they would rate their drivers using these categories. I received a number of different weightings, which I have included below. Continue reading