Below is a comparison of the World Championship positions for this year’s points (left), last year’s points-system (middle) and the older 10-6-4-3-2-1 approach (right). Ties are decided by countback.
It is the same ten drivers in all three lists with very similar orders. With the top contenders all getting mixed results, it does not make huge difference if the points system leans towards greater reward for consistency or for outright results.
The biggest difference is that Alonso would be leading Button under last year’s regime. Button is ahead under current points because he has scored five times to Alonso’s four, and the 7th and 8th finishes in Jenson’s tally are marked, proportionally, more generously than last year. Jenson is ahead of Fernando under 10-6-4-3-2-1 because he has two wins to the Spaniard’s first and second places.
Only ten drivers have scored by 10-6-4-3-2-1 points, 13 under last year’s system, and fifteen under this year’s.
See also RG’s latest update in his championship for new teams.