Ask and you shall receive! Unfortunately (perhaps) the answer is that very little changes at all! So for those of you that are interested but don't know what's going on, in the past F1 used a dropped scores system in which only a certain number of races count towards your points total in the WDC. Most frequently in the years before it was dropped, 11 out of 16 (around 80%) races in the season were counted. What I've done is calculate the points and positions that each driver would have had this year if 30% (6 races), 40% (8 races), 50% (10 races) etc. of the races counted all the way up to the actual WDC result (100% races counted).@sushifiesta's comment begs a question for our statisticians. How close would the championship have been under a "drop scores" system like that used in 1989?
Plot of Position vs. Number of Races Counted (I did my best to make it possible to read!!):
Table of Positions and Points:
Unless a ridiculous amount of races are dropped, pretty much nothing changes. In fact, if we take a realistic dropped scores system in which 4 races are dropped (20%, 16 races count) the final standings are exactly the same!