Look at the table below, showing the points separation between the top two drivers going into the final race of the season.
I notice three findings:
- How the gap has been increasing every year consistently in the chase (from 18 points to a whopping 141)
- The Chase helped meaningfully narrow the points gap in 2 of the 5 races, but otherwise they didn't do much to improve the competition.
- Look how this isn't the only year when the Chase standings were actually less competitive then if they had just left the traditional standings alone.