Post-Malaysian Grand Prix : Settling For Half Points

Tom KnightCorrespondent IApril 6, 2009

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 12:  F.I.A. official shelters from the rain during practice for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 12, 2008 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

An event took place this weekend that will to many new Formula One fans will be unprecedented and depending on which side of the fence you sit infuriating or relieving, this was not Timo Glock's first podium or Jenson Button first two-race wins in a row, it was monsoon conditions not only interrupting the race at Kuala Lumpar but finalising the result after 31 laps and consequentially handing half-points to the drivers.

Now, it is clear why the FIA pushed for this and Mark Webber wandering around whipping up GPDA members in what strikes me as an almost union-esq picket line fashion, but I can't help but feel some drivers may regret 'settling' for this result later in the season.

Many pundits are making the observation that as all drivers finished on half points it makes no difference, but that is not strictly true is it. In the past two seasons the difference has been a single point between the history books of 1st and the forgettable 2nd.

I have had a look at the last three seasons and if the same thing had happened at Malaysia in those seasons there would be some trophies, perhaps, but prize money, certainly, being exchanged.

Last season Kubica would have beaten Raikkonen by one point taking third in the World Drivers Championship even though Kimi won and Robert followed him in, in 2007 Alonso, although winning the race, would have slipped to third rather than joint second as Hamilton finished second and 2006 would have not seen any changes, although the difference between Schumacher and Alonso would have been six points leading into the final race, perhaps allowing Schumacher to step up and take one final Championship.

Should you wish to impress your friends with some F1 trivia, if the Pacific Grand Prix, second race of the season at the time, in 1994 had been rained off then Damon Hill would have won his first World Championship rather than Michael Schumacher.

I'm not saying the FIA made a bad decision, because it looked terrible and I wouldn't have wanted to drive to work in that let alone race in open wheeled cars, but I would have liked to have seen a little more interest getting the race going again from the drivers particularly this early in the season, rather than them looking at flight times on screens usually reserved for lap times.