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With his fourth place at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, Fernando Alonso became the highest points-scorer in Formula 1, displacing seven-time Michael Schumacher from the top of the list.
The Spaniard has scored 1,571 points in F1, five more than the German, but has been helped largely by the new points scoring system which awards 25 to the race winner.
“To see my name leading the points record for a sport like Formula 1 is something I never imagined. Thanks to everyone!” he said.
In contrast, Schumacher mostly raced in an era when a win secured only ten points, which can now be achieved with a fifth place. Should he have raced with the current allocation of points, Schumacher would have scored 3,890 points in his illustrious career, closely followed by Alain Prost. Alonso would have been third.
This offers little consolation to Alonso, who has been watching the rear wing of Sebastian Vettel’s car ever since his joined Ferrari in 2010, the year when the new points system came into force.
The Red Bull driver is third in the all-time list with 1,351 career-points to his credit, ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren driver Jenson Button