F1 2010 News: Campos and US F1 Given A Helping Hand

Antony Herbert@LeeUwishWritingAnalyst IIIFebruary 10, 2010

With news that the last Concorde Agreement allows teams a three race grace period to set up their 2010 cars, many are still at unease with how the FIA have handled the entry for the new season.

Bernie Ecclestone of all people was one who had judged certain teams' inclusions in recent weeks.

As mentioned in one of my previous articles, hindsight would have been a wondrous thing, if financial hindrances at Campos and developmental issues at US F1 had been predictable  before they managed to receive a race seat for 2010. Yet such deficits have forced both teams to delay pre-season test advantages, which may now transcend into missing up to three Grand Prix races.

So the season could begin with four men down; 22 drivers and 11 teams ready and willing to get going, but minus the two teams and four drivers that were to finalise the most fulfilling field of drivers seen for nearly twenty years.

What should then be the aim then for the able to compete in Bahrain?

Well, with the top ten drivers now in a position to rewrite the history books being accompanied with extravagant points values, they will be given the opportunity of a head start in their campaigns.

Last season, twenty drivers competing for eight points finishes gave a forty percent chance of scoring. These odds were slightly reduced for drivers with the new system of ten points scoring positions for twenty-six drivers giving roughly a thirty-eight percent chance of glory. If only twenty-two drivers compete in the first three races this though advances to forty-five percent.

Evidently therefore the first few races will gift drivers, especially in early season periods of acclimatisation and uncertainty, the chances to put points on the board early on.

This tallying achievement for teams can always set a precedent for further season successes.

If a team scores consistently early on, the maintaining of that replenishment is seen as adapting to the enhancements made to the cars as the season progresses. Simply then if a team fails to score after the introduction to the season they will be portrayed as sliding backwards.

This was a vision sadly all too common for teams such as Sauber and Jordan in the early noughties, with their early season promise being dashed as other teams overtook them as the year marched on. This was in part due to such teams being independent outfits attempting to subvert the larger and more able manufacturers, so was always tragic to witness. We do all like our underdogs after all.

So if Campos and US F1 decide not to turn up to Bahrain, Australia and Malaysia all teams must seize the opportunity to delve deep into the top ten finishers and set themselves up for hopefully more of the same.

For teams such as Force India and Renault, who struggled last year for the most part to achieve points registering finishes, it can allow the convenience to edge away from the dreaded unlucky number thirteen spot which will become occupied by the lowest scorers. This may not necessarily result in being the weakest overall team if certain teams skip races, but from a statistical frame of mind encompasses an element of more accomplishment and for those able to deter themselves from the bottom position.

Although I think that the new scoring system in reflection appears absurd, it now offers the possibility of those in able positions to take advantages from other peoples misfortunes.

This is after all what motor racing can be about.

No-one can really become a Champion unless they are willing to take the spoils of the unlucky turns of events that creep upon their rivals.

Unless their name is Jenson Button of course !