Mosley realised that but knew it was complicated to sort out and controversial, so kind of mischievously lobbed in a hand grenade as a diversionary distraction to take people’s minds off other things he was trying to force through which he knew he’d have aggravation with. That was how he operated.
When Max wanted to do it, the maths didn’t really work. He was thinking 18 races and twelve teams. The order in which drivers drove each car for the first 12 races would be decided by lot. After 12 races, the championship leader would nominate the six teams he wished to drive for the remainder of the year. The second-place man would then do likewise, etc. Not ideal.
Today though, we’re up to 24 races had China not bitten the dust. We need a couple more teams, Andretti plus A.N Other, and to hell with diluting a team franchise value. Then they all do two races in each car. And you’d have a proper championship.
Whenever the idea has been mooted, the top drivers and teams have been against it. Wouldn’t you be if you were guaranteed $40m plus for the next few years to drive a car with a preposterous advantage with one guy to beat. Hell, Verstappen doesn’t even like a sprint because it tosses in some jeopardy. Or, if you ran a well-funded team who could afford to pay the perceived top guys that sort of money, you wouldn’t want it either. For a budget cap to truly mean something, driver salaries need to be included.
Under a rotation system, drivers would be paid a basic salary for being on the F1 grid, whatever number is considered appropriate, then so many dollars per point in the races, with really big money for the championship top three. The bottom three (or maybe five) would lose their F1 drives at the end of the year, replaced by up-and-comers from feeder series.
F1 team rotation: the objections
Arguments against include, “If F1 ain’t broke, why fix it?”
Well, heading to Miami, if the greatest intrigue is whether Perez can hang onto Verstappen or whether the higher temperature will melt the Ferrari tyres sufficiently for Fernando Alonso to beat Charles Leclerc, it could be an awful lot better! Imagine if we were waiting to see what Logan Sargeant or Esteban Ocon can do with a Red Bull, or where Max Verstappen might put a Williams?