Everybody knows the, Formula 1 drivers and teams, points' assignation in 2009 (that is of 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points from 1st to 8th place) but, everybody have seen too, that, in real Grand Prix, this kind of classification doesn't encourage too much some drivers to (always) compete and win, since, often they need only to "catch" a few points per race to win the championship.
This problem is well know and some have suggested to change the points system in 2010 with something like this: 12 points for the 1st place, 9 points for the 2nd place, 7 for the 3rd, then, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points.
But, unfortunately, the proposed points' systems is pretty close to the existing one and should NOT change so much the competition, between pilots and drivers, so, to boost them to a REAL and STRONG competition and to INCREASE very much the battle on the race track and the F1 show, the ONLY way is to assign the points from 2010 ONLY TO THE FIRST THREE PILOTS AND TEAMS in each race, with a (much simpler but VERY effective) points' system like this:
1st place: 10 points
2nd place: 6 points
3rd place: 3 points
As an option it's possible to assign 2 points to the 4th place and 1 point to the 5th place or a single point to the 4th, 5th, and 6th place, or (much better) give 10/6/3 points to the first three drivers and teams and adopt a different (hidden) points' system to calculate the money assigned at the end of years to each team.
Do it from 2010 and you'll easily have INCREDIBLY SPECTACULAR GRAND PRIX and soon!!!!!!!
October 31 - 2009
Last week, the 18-year-old driver Henry Surtees died in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch, since he was struck on the head by a flying rear wheel and tyre from the car of Jack Clarke, while, just one week later, a spring came out of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP and struck the Felipe Massa's helmet (at 170 mph) during the F1 qualifying, forcing his car to a devastating crash towards the tires barrier.
Today's Formula cars are very much safer than past mainly thanks to a very strong "cell" that protects the driver's body from great part of the most dangerous accidents, but, unfortunately the less protected part of the driver's body still is his head (as you can see from the image below) with a very high risk of being seriously injured or die!
Sadly, events like those that killed Surtees are not so rare in the Formula races, since, in several races (especially after their start) was been accidents in which these big tires (or entire cars) have "flown" pretty close to some driver's heads, without cause damages just for miracle!
So, before other accidents happen, I've decided to invent and propose a new (simple and low cost, but very much safer) super-roll-bar (to be applied to all Formula cars) that should much more protect the driver's head.
My idea of a much safer roll-bar is shown in this simulated image that includes a sketch of its design.
My idea of a (very low cost, easy and quick to implement in all Formula cars) super safe roll-bar (that could be designed with a much aerodynamic shape) might save the driver's life in many different ways and in several possible accidents of which I give a brief list here.
First of all, it may definitely protect the driver's head from accidents like those that killed Henry Surtees.
It protects the driver's head from other cars that often "fly" atop it in accidents that happen after start.
It protects the driver's head from every car crash towards the tires or plastic's barriers around the track.
It will protect the driver's head also from many (but not all) occurrences of flying objects on the track (like those that injured Felipe Massa) and, surely, it may protect from all big objects like the car's wings.
It might give much more safety and space to the driver when his car goes upside down after an accident.
It gives to the driver a better point to grasp, to help him escape out much more quickly when necessary.
It gives also a further (and much better) point of the car to grasp (by track's commissaires or by a crane) when a car must be quickly removed from a dangerous place of the track.
It may protect (both) cars' drivers, when a car "takes off" over another car as happened in some races.
It protects the driver's head when his car crashes to (or drags for) a side wall that is on part of some race track like the dropped Canadian GP.
It may protect the driver (in some cases, but not all) from being stricken by tires or parts detached from his own car, like happened in the Ayrton Senna's accident.
The safer roll-bar is a "public domain idea" that ALL Formula cars constructors can adopt (for non-profit use, that's "help save the drivers lives") so, apply it NOW to all cars from the next Grand Prix without wait the 2010 championship, since, in any of next races it could save a life!
Of course, please always acknowledge the inventor of this idea and put a link to my article when you talk about it, just hoping no one will say to have "invented it in '72" or "developed internally" but NEVER used it in their cars to help save their drivers' lives... :|
July 26 - 2009
The only sport that interests me (apart the italian football national team matches) is the Formula 1, of which I follow the races and its technology developments, and, like other F1 fans, I often think about possible technical innovations and regulation that could improve this sport. So, time permitting, I've decided to publish on this website some of my ideas and proposals regarding the Formula 1 and its regulations. All ideas and texts published in this page at in this website, are Copyright © Gaetano Marano and can be published only with the permission of the owner and author of this site and always acknowledging the author's name and putting a link to this site or this article. May 14 - 2009
Since I've started to write and publish this page (with my ideas about the Formula 1) today, the 1st idea I have decided to propose regards the dispute about the budget ceiling of only 44 million euro per team, that FIA wants to establish in all F1 championships from 2010. As well known even to those who don't follow Formula 1, the FIA proposal (and its "double technical regulation") placed it on a collision course with the major F1 teams that, now, invest up to ten times the 44 million euro max budget per team per season proposed by FIA. The result of this clash was the announcement, from Ferrari and Renault that they don't want to sign up (and, therefore, they will not participate) in the F1 championship of 2010, which would make the F1 a very poor sport and show. Well, I too believe that the need of an high budget makes it difficult (despite not impossible, judging from the results of the "small" Brawn...) to compete with larger teams, however, too low budgets, could transform Formula 1 in a kind of "Super-Kart". So, my idea (which might satisfy both big and small F1 teams) is to establish a "basic budget" much lower than today (but greater than 44 million euro) with an economic contribution of the larger F1 teams to the smaller teams with lower budgets. By figures, it could set three "categories" based on the annual budgets of the F1 teams: "under 100 million euro", "between 100 and 200 million euro" and (maximum) "300 million euro", all but with the same technical regulations. The teams that spend between 100 and 200 million euro a year should not pay any contribution to smaller teams, while, all teams who want to spend more than 200 (and up to 300) million euro a year must pay a contribution for the teams with annual budgets under 100 million euro. If (e.g.) in the 2010 championship, Ferrari wants to spend 50 million euro over the MAX allowed (200 million) budget, it must contribute with 50 million euro, equally or proportionately, shared among all the teams with budgets under 100 million euro. This way, big F1 teams, like Ferrari, Renault, McLaren, could invest (almost) the same budget than in 2009 to keep (almost) the same level of investment in technical development and employment of technicians and engineers. At the same time, however, thanks to the contribution of F1 teams that exceed the maximum budget of 200 million euro, even the smaller teams will have enough resources to develop their cars and compete with big teams! Of course, the amounts of the annual budgets suggested here (that do not include the salary of pilots) are just an example, while the real "steps" may be different and get down progressively over the next three years to follow a trend that (e. g.) could be like in this table. May 14 - 2009