There FIA is working on a system that classifies the drivers of different disciplines on the basis of merit. In 2023, in short, we will be able to see in the same ranking Hamilton (if he has not retired), Verstappen, Leclerc, Norris, Russell, Sainz, but also the various Ogier, Evans, Tänak, Buemi, Kobayashi, da Costa, de Vries, these last at the top in other FIA motorsport categories. This was revealed by the director of the department of Formula E and innovative sports activities Frederic Bertrand.
“We would like to launch a system where all competitors are classified in a global ranking managed by the FIA, so that at the end of each year we have someone who is number one in the world“, These are the words of Bertrand a The-Race. “We are working to create a system that is similar to that of tennis or golf. We may have some additional events at the end of the year, where only the highest ranked drivers will be able to participate. Participation in FIA world events contributes to determining a ranking that would still be multidisciplinary: it would embrace all FIA motorsport, we want to unite rally and circuit and be sure that all can be integrated into the system. This is something we have often discussed with Tom Kristensen (president of the FIA pilots commission, ed.): we want to encourage versatility in driving styles, so as not to focus on just one approach“.
In short, FIAs such as ATP, WTA and PGA Tour, which rank players worldwide in tennis and golf. The criteria for this classification remain to be understood: would Formula 1 have the same weight as Formula E? And then, tennis and golf are individual sports, in which the athlete’s merit is closely linked to the result. In motorsport this does not happen automatically, indeed it is necessary to separate the driver’s strength from the competitiveness of the vehicle. And it is often a nebulous operation. Not to mention the logistical problems of organizing a Master Tour as happens in tennis: the Formula 1 calendar is already flooded. In short, an initiative that will make people discuss and not a little.