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.
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:
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:
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.
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.