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Who would be the drivers' champion if every F1 season had 10 races?

  • Published on 26 Jun 2020 09:04
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Earlier this week, Daniel Ricciardo stated that the world championship in 2020 would be “legit” if there were 10 or more races.

With eight races pinned down, the coronavirus pandemic has created many unknowns, however more races are expected to be added to the schedule. 

But what if every F1 season had just 10 races? How different would F1 history be discussed, and how would drivers stack up over the test of time? 

Below, we've gone through the process of outlining each champion if the season had just 10 races, decade-by-decade.
 

1950s/1960s

In the early years of F1, the calendar was nowhere near as large as it is now. 1958 was the first season to feature more than 10 races, however it was not done again until 1967. In those years, no championship would have ended differently.
 

Year
 
Actual champion
 
Champion after 10 races
 
1958
 
Mike Hawthorn
 
Mike Hawthorn
 
1959
 
Jack Brabham
 
(Only 9 races)
 
1960
 
Jack Brabham
 
(Exactly 10 races)
 
1961
 
Phil Hill
 
(Only 8 races)
 
1962
 
Graham Hill
 
(Only 9 races)
 
1963
 
Jim Clark
 
(Exactly 10 races)
 
1964
 
John Surtees
 
(Exactly 10 races)
 
1965
 
Jim Clark
 
(Exactly 10 races)
 
1966
 
Jack Brabham
 
(Only 9 races)
 
1967
 
Denny Hulme
 
Denny Hulme
 
1968
 
Graham Hill
 
Graham Hill
 
1969
 
Jackie Stewart
 
Jackie Stewart
 

 

1970s

Although Niki Lauda was recognised as one of the best drivers of this decade, his reputation could have been boosted further if there were only 10 races a year. From 1974 to 1977, he would have emerged as a four-time champion, while Emerson Fittipaldi would miss out on one title.
 

Year
 
Actual champion
 
Champion after 10 races
 
1970
 
Jochen Rindt
 
Jochen Rindt
 
1971
 
Jackie Stewart
 
Jackie Stewart (2)
 
1972
 
Emerson Fittipaldi
 
Emerson Fittipaldi
 
1973
 
Jackie Stewart
 
Jackie Stewart (3)
 
1974
 
Emerson Fittipaldi
 
Niki Lauda
 
1975
 
Niki Lauda
 
Niki Lauda (2)
 
1976
 
James Hunt
 
Niki Lauda (3)
 
1977
 
Niki Lauda
 
Niki Lauda (4)
 
1978
 
Mario Andretti
 
Mario Andretti
 
1979
 
Jody Scheckter
 
Jody Scheckter
 


1980s

The 1980s would have seen multiple new champions if the season was ended early. Carlos Reutemann, Didier Peroni and Michele Alboreto would all join the champions list, while Nelson Piquet would be reduced to just a single title.
 

Year
 
Actual champion
 
Champion after 10 races
 
1980
 
Alan Jones
 
Alan Jones
 
1981
 
Nelson Piquet
 
Carlos Reutemann
 
1982
 
Keke Rosberg
 
Didier Peroni
 
1983
 
Nelson Piquet
 
Alain Prost
 
1984
 
Niki Lauda
 
Alain Prost (2)
 
1985
 
Alain Prost
 
Michele Alboreto
 
1986
 
Alain Prost
 
Nigel Mansell
 
1987
 
Nelson Piquet
 
Nelson Piquet
 
1988
 
Ayrton Senna
 
Ayrton Senna
 
1989
 
Alain Prost
 
Alain Prost (3)
 


1990s

This decade would have seen Nigel Mansell win a second world title, while Michael Schumacher secured three championships. In 1999, Eddie Irvine would have taken the crown rather than Mika Hakkinen. 
 

Year
 
Actual champion
 
Champion after 10 races
 
1990
 
Ayrton Senna
 
Ayrton Senna (2)
 
1991
 
Ayrton Senna
 
Ayrton Senna (3)
 
1992
 
Nigel Mansell
 
Nigel Mansell (2)
 
1993
 
Alain Prost
 
Alain Prost (4)
 
1994
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher
 
1995
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher (2)
 
1996
 
Damon Hill
 
Damon Hill
 
1997
 
Jacques Villeneuve
 
Michael Schumacher (3)
 
1998
 
Mika Hakkinen
 
Mika Hakkinen
 
1999
 
Mika Hakkinen
 
Eddie Irvine
 


2000s

Due to his extra championship in the 1990s, Schumacher would have ended the 2000s as an eight-time world champion. Lewis Hamilton would have picked up two titles with McLaren, meaning none for Kimi Raikkonen.
 

Year
 
Actual champion
 
Champion after 10 races
 
2000
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher (4)
 
2001
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher (5)
 
2002
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher (6)
 
2003
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher (7)
 
2004
 
Michael Schumacher
 
Michael Schumacher (8)
 
2005
 
Fernando Alonso
 
Fernando Alonso
 
2006
 
Fernando Alonso
 
Fernando Alonso (2)
 
2007
 
Kimi Raikkonen
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
2008
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
Lewis Hamilton (2)
 
2009
 
Jenson Button
 
Jenson Button
 


2010s

Lewis Hamilton would only have to world titles with Mercedes if the season was shortened. Nico Rosberg would be a two-time champion, Sebastian Vettel would have picked up two titles with Ferrari and Fernando Alonso would have ended the 2012 campaign on top.
 

Year
 
Actual champion
 
Champion after 10 races
 
2010
 
Sebastian Vettel
 
Lewis Hamilton (3)
 
2011
 
Sebastian Vettel
 
Sebastian Vettel
 
2012
 
Sebastian Vettel
 
Fernando Alonso (3)
 
2013
 
Sebastian Vettel
 
Sebastian Vettel (2)
 
2014
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
Nico Rosberg
 
2015
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
Lewis Hamilton (4)
 
2016
 
Nico Rosberg
 
Nico Rosberg (2)
 
2017
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
Sebastian Vettel (3)
 
2018
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
Sebastian Vettel (4)
 
2019
 
Lewis Hamilton
 
Lewis Hamilton (5)
 

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