What’s The Points – Turkey Update

Previous entries:
    What’s The Points
    What’s The Points – China Update
    What’s The Points – Spain Update
    What’s The Points – Monaco Update

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.

1   Webber   93   Webber   36   Webber   30
2   Button   88   Button   35   Button   28
3   Hamilton   84   Hamilton   34   Vettel   24
4      Alonso   79      Vettel   32      Hamilton   24
5   Vettel   78   Alonso   32   Alonso   23
6   Kubica   67   Kubica   27   Kubica   16
7   Massa   67   Massa   26   Massa   14
8   Rosberg   66   Rosberg   26   Rosberg   14
9   Schumacher   34   Schumacher   13   Schumacher   7
10   Sutil   22   Sutil   7   Sutil   2

Kamui Kobayashi scored a modern point for tenth to become the 17th point-scorer this season. Thirteen would have points under last year’s scheme. Under 10-6-4-3-2-1, only ten drivers have scored; after seven races, for only ten drivers to finish top-six is quite surprising.

There is no huge difference in the order between the three systems, indeed only variation in order from third to fifth, and that partially due to countback for tied scores.

The order in the 10-6-4-3-2-1 list exactly matches the order pure countback would give.

These are the points if given to engines:

1   Mercedes   304
2   Renault   244
3   Ferrari   151
4   Cosworth   8

Mercedes are getting good points from McLaren and their own team, with Force-India chipping in a useful 32. Renault have a good chance of overhauling them if RBR finally match their speed with consistency and an improving Petrov starts to add more points to those of his team-mate. Ferrari do not look to be having a coherent season, and customer-teams, Sauber and STR are of little help.

The top six scores by nationality of drivers are:

   Nation Points   Scoring
Drivers
1   Germany   201     5
2   Britain   172     2
3   Australia   93     1
4   Spain   82     2
5   Brazil   74     2
6   Poland   67     1

With five point-scoring drivers including Vettel and Schumacher, Germany really should get this one, but it would not take that much for Button and Hamilton into push Britain to first place. Webber alone should be able to keep Australia third.

Finally tyres:

1   Bridgestone   707

Not only do I think Bridgestone might just clinch this one but could even seal the season as early as Silverstone.

See also RG’s Turkey update for his championship for new teams.

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