All-Star League 2009 final standings

Scotland’s Dario Franchitti pipped England’s Jenson Button to the title of top British driver of 2009 in the BritsOnPole.com All-Star League.

Superleague’s Craig Dolby and the Star Mazda Championship’s Adam Christodoulou flew the flag for the less fashionable corners of open-wheel racing against the aristocracy of Formula One and the IndyCar Racing League.

The top three – IndyCar’s Franchitti, F1’s Button and Christodoulou – all won their championships, while fourth-placed Hamilton is, of course, an ex-F1 champion.

That made the achievement of the rest of the top 10 – Dolby, BRDC award-winner Alexander Sims, Star Mazda’s Richard Kent, and incoming GP2 Asia drivers Max Chilton, Oliver Turvey and Sam Bird – all the more impressive.

At the other end of the table Greg Mansell competed 16 times without a top eight finish and so propped up the standings.

End-of-season standings

Pos Driver Pts Races
1 Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti
Flag of Scotland
IndyCar Racing League logo 1010 17
2 Jenson Button Jenson Button
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Formula 1 logo 950 17
3 Adam Christodoulou Adam Christodoulou
Flag of England
Star Mazda Championship logo 551 13
4 Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
Flag of England
Formula 1 logo 490 16
5 Craig Dolby Craig Dolby
Flag of England
Superleague Formula logo 479 12
6 Alexander Sims Alexander Sims
Flag of England
Formula 3 Euroseries logoFormula Master logo 355 24
7 Richard Kent Richard Kent
Flag of England
Star Mazda Championship logo 335 12
8 Max Chilton Max Chilton
Flag of England
British F3 International Series logoWorld Series by Renault logo 316 21
9 Oliver Turvey Oliver Turvey
Flag of England
World Series by Renault logo 285 17
10 Sam Bird Sam Bird
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Formula 3 Euroseries logoBritish F3 International Series logo 270 20
11 Riki Christodoulou Riki Christodoulou
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British F3 International Series logo 265 20
12 James Walker James Walker
Flag of Jersey
World Series by Renault logo 230 17
13 Justin Wilson Justin Wilson
Flag of England
IndyCar Racing League logo 230 17
14 Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon
Flag of England
IndyCar Racing League logo 200 17
15 Henry Arundel Henry Arundel
Flag of England
British F3 International Series logo 163 20
16 Nick Tandy Nick Tandy
Flag of England
British F3 International Series logoFormula 3 Euroseries logo 141 19
17 James Winslow James Winslow
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Atlantic Championship logo 130 11
18 Jon Lancaster Jon Lancaster
Flag of England
World Series by Renault logo 105 12
19 Mike Conway Mike Conway
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IndyCar Racing League logo 100 17
20 Martin Plowman Martin Plowman
Flag of England
Indy Lights logo 89 15
21 Wayne Boyd Wayne Boyd
Flag of Northern Ireland
British F3 International Series logo 86 20
22 Jonathan Kennard Jonathan Kennard
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Superleague Formula logoFormula Master logo 77 10
23 Jay Howard Jay Howard
Flag of England
Indy Lights logo 75 5
24 Stefan Wilson Stefan Wilson
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Indy Lights logo 45 6
25 Jack Clarke Jack Clarke
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Formula 2 logo 42 16
26 Duncan Tappy Duncan Tappy
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Indy Lights logoFormula Master logoSuperleague Formula logo 38 8
27 Alex Brundle Alex Brundle
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Formula 2 logo 35 16
28 James Jakes James Jakes
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GP2 Asia logo 28 4
29 Tom Gladdis Tom Gladdis
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Formula 2 logo 28 16
30 Ali Jackson Ali Jackson
Flag of Northern Ireland
Indy Lights logo 22 11
31 Jason Moore Jason Moore
Flag of England
Formula 2 logo 21 16
32 Jolyon Palmer Jolyon Palmer
Flag of England
Formula 2 logo 21 16
33 Jay Bridger Jay Bridger
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British F3 International Series logo 18 18
34 Darren Manning Darren Manning
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IndyCar Racing League logo 10 2
35 Alex Lloyd Alex Lloyd
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IndyCar Racing League logo 10 2
36 Pippa Mann Pippa Mann
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Indy Lights logo 7 15
37 Oliver Oakes Oliver Oakes
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British F3 International Series logo 5 4
38 Hywel Lloyd Hywel Lloyd
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British F3 International Series logo 5 20
39 Dillon Battistini Dillon Battistini
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Indy Lights logo 0 1
40 Scott Mansell Scott Mansell
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Superleague Formula logo 0 2
41 Edwin Jowsey Edwin Jowsey
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Formula Master logo 0 2
42 Ollie Hancock Ollie Hancock
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Formula 2 logo 0 6
43 Greg Mansell Greg Mansell
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World Series by Renault logoAtlantic Championship logo 0 16

How it’s calculated

Comparing drivers in different series is difficult for a number of reasons — factors such as length of season, strength of opposition and how many points to award all had to be taken into account. Here’s what we did:

  • Championships: We decided to include as many championships as possible, so long as they were open-wheel, not completely comprised of British drivers, broadly summer-based, and pitted driver against driver instead of teams. We rolled the last few GP2 Asia races into the main GP2 season, just in case James Jakes managed to land a drive in the European-based version. We were initially going to omit both A1GP and Superleague Formula because they are team-based, with drivers swapping in and out of cars branded to match countries or football teams. A1GP was also pretty much over for the year when everyone else was just beginning. But we put Superleague in after all, by request.
  • Points: These had to be equalised, as different series have different policies. When Stanton Barrett crashed in practice at the Milwaukee Mile, damaging his car too badly to even qualify for the IRL’s ABC Supply Company / A.J. Foyt 225, he was given six championship points. The previous weekend, Kimi Raikkonen had been given the same number for finishing on the podium at F1’s Monaco Grand Prix. One points system produces much the same outcome as any other over a full season, so we chose the F1 system of 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1, then nothing for 9th place and below.
  • Season length: From the 12 races of the Atlantic Championship to the 24 GP2 and GP2 Asia races in the time period covered, season lengths vary wildly. And this, of course, means that some drivers have many more opportunities to pile up points than others. To address this we used a 17-race season as a base, since this is what both F1 and the IRL are running in 2009, and worked out a coefficient by which to multiply the points in other series so that, across a full season, everyone had the opportunity to earn the same number of points if they won every race. This means that twice as many points per race are up for grabs in the Atlantics than in GP2 — because there are only half the races. And then, to get rid of all the ugly fractions, we multiplied everything by 10.
  • Competition: When Mike Conway finally broke his duck in the IRL with an eighth place in Iowa, he did so again far stronger opposition than Adam Christodoulou and Richard Kent faced when the Star Mazda Championship raced at the same circuit. To reflect this, we grouped the series into three bands: the two senior championships of F1 and the IRL, the feeder series of GP2, Indy Lights, F2 and the Atlantics, and the development series — all the rest. Senior points count full, feeder series points count at two-thirds value, and development championships count half. This had the added effect of preventing the top of the table being swamped by drivers from series with a large number of British drivers and, therefore, an increased chance of a British winner. Once again, we rounded off to avoid fractions.
  • Tiebreaks: Some apparent ties happen only because of the rounding-off process that occurs during the calculation: the spreadsheet we use to compile the raw data takes this into account and ranks the drivers according to the underlying precise score. Where this is not relevant — primarily drivers with no points — we use the number of races competed in, working on the basis that it is a sign of a stronger performance to take fewer races than a rival to reach the same points score. Conversely, the more races run without scoring a point the worse the overall performance. Where this also results in a tie, we use the strength of the series in which the driver is competing. Beyond that, it’s unlikely that anyone cares…

This table shows the points available in each series, with their number of races, points co-efficient and weighting.

Series Races Co-eff 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Band X
Formula One 17 1 100 80 60 50 40 30 20 10 A 1
Indy Racing League 17 1 100 80 60 50 40 30 20 10 A 1
GP2 Asia / GP2 24 0.71 71 57 43 36 28 21 14 7 B 0.66
Indy Lights 15 1.13 113 90 68 57 45 34 23 11 B 0.66
Atlantic Championship 12 1.42 142 114 85 71 57 43 28 14 B 0.66
Formula Two 16 1.06 106 85 64 53 42 32 21 11 B 0.66
Superleague Formula 12 1.42 142 114 85 71 57 43 28 14 B 0.66
Star Mazda Championship 13 1.31 131 105 79 66 52 39 26 13 C 0.5
World Series by Renault 17 1 100 80 60 50 40 30 20 10 C 0.5
British F3 International 20 0.85 85 68 51 43 34 26 17 9 C 0.5
F3 Euro Series 20 0.85 85 68 51 43 34 26 17 9 C 0.5
Formula Master 16 1.06 106 85 64 53 42 32 21 11 C 0.5
 
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