Change to Beyond the Flag power rankings for 2020

Prior to the 2019-2020 Formula E season and the 2020 Formula 1, NASCAR Cup Series and IndyCar seasons, the Beyond the Flag power rankings are set to undergo a small change.

Since the start of 2018, a formula has been utilized to produce the Formula 1, Formula E, NASCAR Cup Series and IndyCar driver power rankings and team power rankings here at Beyond the Flag.

If all goes as planned, that is set to be the case once again for the 2019-2020 Formula E season and for the 2020 Formula 1, Cup Series and IndyCar seasons. However, the formula is set to undergo one small change in itself.

Also make note of the fact that the plan for next season’s power rankings for each of these four series is for them to be presented in the standings pages as opposed to individual posts. Non-formulated power rankings will be eliminated from these pages.

Links to the standings pages can be found here:

Here are the current power rankings formulas, one for driver power rankings and one for team power rankings, that are used for Formula 1, Formula E, IndyCar and the NASCAR Cup Series.

Driver

Total = ((Wins*10+Top 3*5+Top 5*3+Top 10+Points+Points in most recent race)/Average finish/Average finish in last 5 races)*(100-standings position)

Team

Total = (Full-time driver formula point total/Number of full-time drivers)

A new category has been added to the driver power rankings formula, which will naturally affect the result of the team power rankings formula as well, and that is best finish.

Like each driver’s average finish and average finish in the last five races already are, each driver’s best finish will be used as a divisor.

As a result, here is what the new formulas look like.

Driver

Total = ((Wins*10+Top 3*5+Top 5*3+Top 10+Points+Points in most recent race)/Average finish/Average finish in last 5 races/Best finish)*(100-standings position)

Team

Total = (Full-time driver formula point total/Number of full-time drivers)

Here is what the driver power rankings formula looks like using letters as variables.

  • a=Wins
  • b=Top 3 finishes
  • c=Top 5 finishes
  • d=Top 10 finishes
  • e=Points
  • f=Points in most recent race
  • g=Average finish
  • h=Average finish in last five races
  • i=Best finish
  • j=Standings position

Total = ((10a+5b+3c+d+e+f)/g/h/i)*(100-j)

Do note that the 2019-2020 Formula E season is scheduled to begin before the 2019 Formula 1 season ends. The first two races of the former are the two races of the Ad Diriyah ePrix, and they are scheduled to take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Formula 1 season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 1. However, the change to this formula will NOT be reflected in the Formula 1 Power Rankings for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.

There may be a separate change solely to the Formula 1 Power Rankings ahead of the 2020 season, but that has not yet been finalized.

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, February 16 with the 62nd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The 2020 Formula 1 season is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Finally, the 2020 IndyCar season is scheduled to get underway later on Sunday, March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.