We had a thread like this before: archived here. We had many ideas after the season had started and so could not be used. That's human nature; out of season we're not focussed on it. So here's an attempt for 2012 while we're still focussed. The purpose is to just capture ideas when you think of them; no need to think them through. Any that are liked can be prepared in time for next season.
Here's one. It is rare for anyone to score any points for their third driver choice, so how can we make the third driver choice more exciting?
Idea 1: Predict race finishing position, and award points according to how close the finishing position was to the prediction (like kers).
Idea 2: Treat the drivers in the third group as a mini race within the race, and publish "betting odds" in the prediction thread. Scored a bit like the P3 mini-competition, you can choose the favourite for a few points or a driver lower down for possibly a mountain of points.