After winning the Hungarian GP, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton’s lead has grown to 10 points over chief rival Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, Mercedes lead in the Constructors Championship has shrunk to 4 points over Ferrari.
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.
Hungarian GP Result
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 10pts
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 8pts
- Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 6pts
- Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 5pts
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 4pts
- Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, 3pts
- Kevin Magnussen, Haas, 2pts
- Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1pt
Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points
Hamilton strikes back with two stand-out drives
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton heads into the Summer break with a 10 point lead, something the Brit wouldn’t have imagined a few races ago. Breaking down in Qualifying in Germany and then battling through to win while Sebastian Vettel crashed out, put Hamilton right back in contention. Then a dominant drive at one of his most successful tracks in Hungary to win with Vettel 2nd has given the Mercedes driver a slight lead in the championship.
Reverting back to 2018, Hamilton’s lead increased to 24 points over Vettel.
Championship over for Red Bull?
There has only been two times that Red Bull have out-scored Mercedes and Ferrari so far this year. Accumulating 14 points in China and then 13 in France, Red Bull are sitting in 3rd with 90 points but 53 points behind Mercedes who are on 143 points. In Bahrain and Baku, they scored 0 points. Including the British GP, Red Bull have scored 14 points compared to 45 by Mercedes and 36 by Ferrari. If Red Bull do not start to out-score Mercedes and Ferrari, their hunt for the Championship could end pretty soon.
Reverting back to 2018, Red Bull are 3rd with 223 points but 122 points behind leader Mercedes.
Hulkenberg retakes “best of the rest” spot
By scoring 7 points over the past 3 races, including the British GP, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg now reclaims 7th place in the Championship. Haas’s Kevin Magnussen remains 2 points back in 8th with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso holding onto the pair in 9th with 14 points.
Reverting back to 2018, Hulkenberg is in 7th, 7 points ahead of Magnussen in 8th and 8 points ahead of Alonso in 9th.
F1’s 2nd tier championship to close to call
While Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are way ahead, the battle to be the 4th best is tightly fought. Renault and Haas are tied on 24 points each with Force India in 6th with 19 points and McLaren in 7th with 15 points. That means that 4 teams are covered by just 9 points. On average, Renault and Haas are collecting 2 points per race, Force India 1.6 points per race and McLaren on 1.3 points per race.
Reverting back to 2018, Renault occupy 4th on 82 points, Haas in 5th on 66 points, Force India in 6th on 59 points and McLaren in 7th on 52 points.