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Alonso becomes all-time record point scorer in F1

Oct 13, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

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Fernando Alonso has broken the record for the most number of points scored in Formula One, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s previous record of 1566 with a fourth-place finish in today’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The Spanish driver picked up twelve points for his spirited drive in today’s race as he battled past teammate Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg to cross the line in fourth place after starting down in P8, giving him 1571 points across the course of his F1 career after debuting in 2001.

The debate over ‘record points’ is one is difficult to decipher as Formula One has seen a variety of points systems over the years. Until 1990, drivers received nine points for winning a race with the top six also receiving points on a sliding scale. It was then changed to ten points for a win before undergoing an overhaul in 2003 that saw the top eight drivers finish in the points. In an attempt to give the race winner a greater reward, the points system was changed dramatically in 2010 with the top ten scoring and the race winner picking up 25 points.

As a result, seven active drivers are present in the top ten highest-scoring drivers of all time, with names such as Fangio and Senna not making an appearance due to their less-rewarding point system.

Nevertheless, this is a great achievement for Alonso, and he took to Twitter to express his delight.

However, this weekend did see Sebastian Vettel move to within touching distance of the drivers’ championship, requiring a top five finish in India to seal his fourth title in a row.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Stupid record to even talk about. Points leader? Imagine baseball gave 3 runs for any solo hit over the wall? Or added runs if they were in the ninth inning? Would you count them as records?

    F1 has zero parity thus making it the most boring sport in the world. You know who’s gonna win the season based on who the engine designers are before the first race.

    • solutionc - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      So who’s going to win next season? How much money do you have on the outcome if its such a forgone conclusion.
      What a stupid comment the changes for next season are so extensive it will challenge the Engineers, Drivers & Tacticians,
      Looking forward to seeing the flying teapots again :)

    • apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Obviously you got lost on your way to Indycar… F1 is great for the same reasons you dislike it.

      Good for you, now get lost. :)

  2. worknman24hours - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Yea, the points system has been cooked over the years so there isn’t a true way to know when a driver passes another driver.

    But fear not, should Sebastien Vettel not get stupid and leave the Red Bull team and that team continues to employ Newey and Christian and stay out of their hair, Vettel and Team Red Bull will quickjly own all of these ‘records’.

    All of them.

  3. worknman24hours - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    How about we just say,Congratulations Fernando Alonso, Well Done.

  4. apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    This Points Record is incomparable to previous eras, still a fine achievement for Alonso… but I’m sure he’d trade that for a car to fight for a title with. Nothing is as important as winning.

  5. patellis15 - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Any such record should be based upon the current points system, but applied to all the drivers, through all the seasons that F1 has run. I’d love to see the math done up to see just how far Schumacher would be in the lead!

  6. f1phantom - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    This story has to have made news in an attempt to make Alonso look good.
    Almost 66% of the points Schumaker earned were based on 10 points for first place. Alonso raced under this point system for only 12% of his races. Under the current point system you can attain 10 points in a race by finishing 5th. Which is, by the way, where Alonso averages. 5th place in qualifying, and 5th place points wise.

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