After winning the British GP, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel holds a narrow lead of only 2 points ahead of championship rival Lewis Hamilton. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen’s 3rd place moves the Finnish driver to 3rd in the championship just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Valterri Bottas.
The points system Formula One currently uses has been used since 2010 allows for the top 10 finishers to claim points and as follows: 1st – 25pts, 2nd – 18pts, 3rd – 15pts, 4th – 12pts, 5th – 10pts, 6th – 8pts, 7th – 6pts, 8th – 4pts, 9th – 2pts and 10th – 1pt.
The points system used in Formula One between 2003 to 2009 was as follows: 1st – 10pts, 2nd – 8pts, 3rd – 6pts, 4th – 5pts, 5th – 4pts, 6th – 3pts, 7th – 2pts and 8th – 1pt.
British GP Result
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 10pts
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 8pts
- Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 6pts
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 5pts
- Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 4pts
- Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 3pts
- Esteban Ocon, Force India, 2pts
- Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1pt
Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points
Vettel’s consistency puts him on top
The French GP was a disappointment for Sebastian Vettel. The German was on course for a podium finish before the lights went out but lap 1 contact with Valterri Bottas meant that with a time penalty, Vettel finished 5th while Lewis Hamilton would go onto win. Vettel would strike back with a 3rd place finish in Austria just as Mercedes suffered a double-DNF. By winning on Mercedes and Hamilton’s home turf (and at one of Ferrari’s worst tracks of the year) in Britain, the championship lead was his by a margin of 2 points.
Reverting back to 2018, Vettel’s lead was extended by 8 points over Hamilton.
Raikkonen jumps Ricciardo and Bottas
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is still proving why the Scuderia should be keeping him for next year after 3 consecutive podium finishes. 3rd in France, 2nd in Austria and then 3rd in Britain has catapulted the Finn to 3rd on 48 points. Since Monaco, Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t been on the podium but the Australian lies just 4 points off Raikkonen as Valterri Bottas in 5th lies just 5 points off the Finnish driver.
Reverting back to 2018, Raikkonen is in 3rd, 10 points ahead of Ricciardo who is 2 points ahead of Bottas.
Magnussen claims “best of the rest” spot
Haas’s Kevin Magnussen has been able to jump Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso for 7th place in the championship. The Dane has scored 7 points in the last 4 races (6th in France and then 5th in Austria) which has put the Dane on level points with Hulkenberg and one point ahead of Alonso.
Reverting back to 2018, Hulkenberg occupies 7th, 2 points ahead of Alonso who is 1 point ahead of Magnussen.