Strategy and Paradoxes of Borda Count in Formula 1 Racing

Kaiser, Brian

University of California

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Winning a championship is the highest achievement in Formula 1, and multiple titles can earn one a place in the pantheon of the sport. In this article I explore whether the scoring method for selecting a champion can be considered defi nitive, and how unstable results might be when the method’s parameters are slightly changed. I have employed case studies of paradoxes and historical recreations of seasons using alternative scoring systems. Finally, I argue that the Borda count is desirable system for scoring in Formula 1,
and that building strategies by teams around particular scoring systems is a legitimate aspect of the sport.


Journal Decyzje 
Issue 31 
Issue date 6/2019 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 115-132
DOI 10.7206/DEC.1733-0092.124
ISSN 1733-0092
eISSN 2391-761X