It would also mean that Fernando Alonso would beat Robert Kubica in the Championship due to that complete fluke at Singapore, Mark Webber would be behind Rubens Barrichello and his team-mate David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli would be behind Nico Rosberg, and Timo would edge out Nelsinho for best rookie by virtue of one 4th place, rather than the 6 points that is deserved.
All that it means is that utter flukes, such as Alonso/Rosberg's good timing in the dark, Barrichello's wet weather driving in Britain, Coulthard's only half-decent drive of the year in Canada, Nelsinho lucking out at Hockenheim etc. count for more than consistent and bloody good driving!
HISTORICAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BY THIS METHOD:
(Italicised where different)
1961: Hill, P
1962: Hill, G
1968: Hill, G
1982: Pironi(Trust me on this one, its a serious nightmare!)
1994: Schumacher, M
1995: Schumacher, M
1996: Hill, D
1997: Villeneuve, J
2000: Schumacher, M
2001: Schumacher, M
2002: Schumacher, M
2003: Schumacher, M
2004: (Surprisingly) Schumacher, M
Oddly, 2008 is the first year since Prost in 1989 that the World Champion has not won the most races, whereas most of the '80s was changed! Fangio retains his 5 titles, whilst Moss picks up two. Jim Clark becomes a 4-time Champion whilst John Surtees and Denny Hulme miss out. Niki Lauda takes a single title in 1975, and Mario Andretti and Alan Jones win consecutive titles, deposing Lauda and Scheckter. Keke Rosberg's 1982 title is ceded to Didier Pironi (who had an eventful season to say the least in 1982) by virtue of Pironi having more 2nd places than Arnoux & Lauda and more 3rd places than Watson & Prost. Prost becomes a 5-time Champion, whilst Nelson Piquet loses out all together. Nigel Mansell becomes a 3-time Champion and Ayrton Senna wins 4-in-a-row! Michael Schumacher loses nothing nor gains anything, Alonso won his two titles by 2nd places, and Felipe Massa takes his maiden title this year!
If he brings it in, he'll regret it if it ends up like 1982!