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.
As is probably to be expected in a season when the results have been shared around, all scoring systems are giving much the same picture.
Alonso has fallen more than a win behind the leader in all three schemes. Fernando is making Massa look a bit ordinary, and neither are making this year’s Ferrari look extraordinary. Some suggest Felipe is still recovering from his accident which he vehemently denies, as he would if still effected or not. Mark Webber failed to score real points, his retirement being the first time this season he did not finish top-nine. Kubica has jumped ahead of Rosberg.
Barrichello’s fourth place makes him only the eleventh driver this season to finish top-six, displacing Sutil from tenth under 10-6-4-3-2-1. Sutil finished sixth in the race, also putting him up to 3 points under the old-time scoring, but Rubens obviously has the highest outright finish.
These are the points if given to engines:
Renault needed more help from Webber. Barrichello’s fourth more than doubled Cosworth’s score.
The top six scores by nationality of drivers are:
The McLaren Brits totalled 33 with 2nd and 3rd, but Vettel first, Sutil 6th, and Rosberg 10th made 34. Massa did not score but Barrichello kept Brazil in 5th.
See also RG’s Valencia update for his championship for new teams.