It hurts him in terms of qualifying average, but it probably helped him in terms of average positions gained/lost. It's not a perfect formula because the qualifying positions used for the metric are after penalties and I don't take into consideration mechanical failures, ect. It just blends together average points scored per race and average possible positions gained for each driver. Gives a broad scope for which drivers are performing best through the season.
I know some of you guys have seen the formula before, but let me try to explain it so you all can get a better idea.
So it takes ((average points scored per race divided by 25). That is added to (average positions gained/lost divided by average qualifying position minus 1))). That total is then divided by 2 to get the TDP.
Again, it's not a perfect formula and I'm not sure there is a perfect formula, but I think the suggestions of using the median could work. Thanks for checking it out and the suggestions. If you'd like to me keep posting these, I'll add them after each race, just let me know if there is interest to keep it up.