Alonso: It's a happy day – the leading points scorer in F1 is something great 13 October, 2013 Fernando Alonso during the drivers parade before the start of the Japanese GP Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took more comfort in knocking Michael Schumacher off his perch as Formula 1’s all-time top points scorer on Sunday than in keeping the championship mathematically open for two more weeks. The Spaniard’s fourth place in the Japanese Grand Prix meant that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, winner for the fifth race in a row and now 90 points clear with four rounds left, would have to wait at least until India on 27 October to celebrate his fourth successive title. The result also lifted Alonso’s career points tally to 1,571 – five more than seven time world champion Michael Schumacher managed to accumulate. The Spaniard’s first F1 points score was at the 2003 Australian GP, which was also his first race as a Renault driver. The record may be scorned by the sport’s historians, given the change in scoring systems over the years and far greater number of races in a season, but Alonso was not about to overlook the chance to be happy about something. Fernando Alonso on his way to breaking the all-time F1 points scoring record “Today they told me I have the record for the most … points in F1 history, so it’s a happy day – the leading points scorer in F1 is something great,” he told reporters. “In six years time when someone will overtake me, no-one will remember the points [systems]. They will only celebrate [that] they are first in history. “So it’s my time to celebrate, my time to enjoy hopefully for many years,” said Alonso. Formula 1 previously awarded eight points for a win, with only the top five scoring. From 1991, the winner collected 10 points and in 2010 that was increased to 25 with the top 10 finishers all scoring. Schumacher won 91 races in a career running from 1991 to 2012, with a break from the end of 2006 to 2010, while double World Champion Alonso has 32 career wins since he made his debut in 2001. Fernando Alonso scored his first F1 points with a seventh place finish at the 2003 Australian GP Alonso had little to crow about after Sunday’s race, with Ferrari again outpaced by the Red Bulls and the Lotus of Frenchman Romain Grosjean. In his mind, the title has already been won by Vettel and the battle now is to keep Ferrari in second place and ahead of Mercedes and Lotus in the Constructors’ Championship. “I was always behind someone but the top three were always too strong for us. Even without the traffic, I think the podium was already decided,” said Alonso. “Even if Sebastian retires in all four races I need to win them all.” (Reuters) Subbed by AJN.