Quality Point Rating System (QPRS): F1 Grand Prix Racing by the Numbers (1950-2019)
Clyde P. Berryman

Quality Point Rating System (QPRS): F1 Grand Prix Racing by the Numbers (1950-2019)
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Quality Point Rating System (QPRS): F1 Grand Prix Racing by the Numbers (1950-2019)
by Clyde P. Berryman
Foreword by Graham Gauld

This book may forever change the way you look at Formula One Grand Prix racing.
Who were truly its all-time ‘greats’? Which drivers have been grossly overrated?

The Quality Point Rating System (QPRS) is a mathematical formula-based method which attempts to look at drivers and their cars separately in analyzing their race results.

Which drivers benefitted from clearly superior cars during their entire careers? Which drivers showed they could win even when behind the wheel of a lesser car? What was the level of the competition faced during the years a driver raced?

All of these questions and more need to be taken into account when properly assessing the role of any driver in achieving the results for which they and their team have been credited in the annals of F1 history. Author Clyde Berryman devised a mathematical formula rating system, the Quality Point Rating System (QPRS), to objectively analyze and rate driver and car performances separately and came up with his own ranking system which was first featured in the July 1999 issue of F1 RACING Magazine.

This book is the updated and comprehensive QPRS study of Formula One Grand Prix racing drivers and cars from 1950 to 2019. It has an introductory section which discusses the principles behind the rating system and the major changes which have taken place over the evolution of F1, which often make direct comparisons quite difficult. Every chapter covers each decade with a short summary of the racing which took place, a QPRS ranking of the 10 best drivers and 10 best cars of the decade, and annual tables which provide the season calendar and the historical championship points, and the QPRS driver and car ratings for each year.

There are some all-time ranking tables and other pertinent analyses contained in summaries at the end of the book. In addition to maps of the many circuits used throughout F1 history, this massive 500-plus page volume also stands out as a major fine art book. It is lavishly illustrated with artwork in a variety of mediums depicting the history of Formula One by some of the leading motorsport artists in the world today.

What is the difference between a QPRS table and an All-Time table? Click here to find out (please note this is a downloadable PDF).

  • Hard cover with dust jacket
  • 286 x 229mm (landscape)
  • 544 pages
  • More than 232 original art and 77 illustrated track maps

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great Book November 28, 2021
Reviewer: Aleš Norský  
Clyde Berryman offers so much more than driver ratings with this publication, as he provides brief description of each season and a recap after every decade, and his rating tables provide enhancement to it all…plus the beautiful illustrations throughout the pages definitely shift his book into a higher gear.

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5 of 5 QPRS Statistical Analysis of F1 cars and drivers August 25, 2021
Reviewer: JDavid from Dallas, TX United States  
Outstanding.  Mr. Berryman has provided us with an exceptionally unbiased study.  I am pleased that Jim Clark has the highest QPRS driver rating of 372.6, just 3.3 more than Fangio (369.3).  Since 7 March 1968, I have rated these two and Tazio Nuvolari as the three best ever.  My only question now is - would Nuvolari have ranked  1st, 2nd, or 3rd?

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 "The" Book We've Always Wanted July 1, 2021
Reviewer: William Brown from Bedford, VA United States  
QPRS answers the most fundamental question relating to motor sports- how did each driver stack up against those they never raced against. Was it the car or driver that made the difference? Were Fangio, Moss, Clark and Stewart really as good as the records indicated? The conclusions put forth in this book are downright shocking- and make perfect sense. Don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but you'll see Black Jack much higher up the ladder of fame then one would thought- not the natural talent of Moss or Clark, but he indeed was one of the absolute best. A simply marvelous book. Rank it in the top-10 of motor sports titles in my 450-book collection dealing with auto racing. A truly essential purchase for all fans of racing.

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