I love Formula 1, it is currently by far my favorite sport. But, I seriously wished that there was a way for drivers to force themselves into better cars.
F1 would be so much better if there was any kind of real competition for the title and not only for Formula 1.5. Despite Mercedes being as dominant as this season in 2014 to 2016, Rosberg at least really tried (and eventually succeeded) beating Hamilton, whereas Bottas is quick but no real threat for Hamilton. Mercedes is very happy with the peace in its garage - I, on the other hand, would love a little more drama. There is a reason why fans blissfully remember the Prost/Senna years, as well as the pairings of Hamilton/Alonso, Hamilton/Rosberg or even Vettel/Webber (Multi 21). If Schumi would not have had a complying Barrichello as his team mate but Villeneuve, Montoya or young Räikkönen or Alonso this would have been so much better for Formula 1.
I would love a system where e.g. the first placed driver of a team could challenge the second placed driver of another team for his seat (in an order ruled by the final standings of the world championship). That way Verstappen could have the chance to challenge Bottas for his place in the Mercedes team. If Verstappen choses not to challenge Bottas then the next-best “first” driver would have the chance to challenge Bottas (with the current standings this would be Perez, Leclerc or Ricciardo, maybe even Sainz).
The challenge should then involve some kind of after-season shoot-out over a week-end with identical cars. E.g. this could be the car that is at stake - so the Mercedes F1 car in the case of a dual between Bottas and Verstappen (or Perez/Leclerc). Bottas would still have the advantage of familiarity with the car and team but at least Verstappen would have a chance. If Bottas wins, each driver stays at his team. If Bottas lost this dual, the two drivers would be forced to change teams for the following season. This theme could then be cascaded downward the order of the world championship final standings.
Arrangements should be made for teams to allow introduction of new drivers from outside of the current paddock (like young, new drivers like Mick Schumacher or drivers form other series or returning from sabbaticals like Alonso).
I am under no illusion:My proposal is flawed, no doubt. It would not work under the current arrangement where drivers are employed by the teams. And in particular, I am certain that most teams would be fiercely against this proposal. I simply like the thought that it would allow closer competition even if a single team is as dominant as Mercedes for the past few years (or Ferrari was in the early 2000s or Red Bull in the early 2010s).