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.
A bad week for Jenson Button however the scoring is applied. Last time he was second by last year’s points and first by the other two standings, but now is down to fourth in all three. All the other top-eight drivers finished top-seven in the race.
The third double-podium for RBR (one-twos in Monaco and Malaysia with a one-three in Spain) is looking ominous for the opposition, with Webber or Vettel leading all three systems. Despite reliability issues, Vettel has finished top-six five times in six races, and Webber has finished top-two three times and 8th/9th three times. Mark leads the real World Championship on countback, and his two-wins-and-a-second alone give him twenty-six under 10-6-4-3-2-1. He is third under last year’s scheme as his 8ths and 9th are worth proportionally less than this year, and his top-twos worth proportionally less than with the even older system.
Massa is now the one benefiting most from the consistency emphasis of the current points, being the only driver other than Webber to have scored in all races. Kubica’s third place moves him up from eighth last week in all three standings.
The orders for 10-6-4-3-2-1 previously this season have mostly matched the orders a pure countback system would have generated. Only Rosberg’s two fifths and two thirds in the first four results made much exception to this. However, this has now been bucked higher up. On countback, Jenson on two wins (next best score a fifth) would be second but is demoted by the top-six consistency of both Vettel (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-6th) and Alonso (1st-2nd-4th-4th-6th).
See also RG’s Monte Carlo update for his championship for new teams.
(I made the decision that since penalties are usually announced within an hour or so of races, and having read the rules I did not think one applicable, that I would start this post. I had to redo most of it when finally the penalty was announced.)