Alonso: It’s a happy day – the leading points scorer in F1 is something great

Fernando Alonso during the drivers parade before the start of the Japanese GP

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

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

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)

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  • jl

    you may happy,… very very happy with that. Just before vettel broke the records in younger age. haha

  • Alonso_is_Slow

    What a loser is Alonso – using equal points he would be nowhere, he knows it, but he is still talking about greatness

    …does not matter, Vettel will crack him anyway.

  • hillside

    using todays point system

    1.M.SCHUMACHER – 3890
    2.PROST – 2470.5
    3.ALONSO – 2414

    not even close

  • McLarenfan

    On lap eight Alonso was on Massa’s tail and race engineer Rob Smedley came on the pit-to-car radio to tell his driver: “Multifunction strategy A. Multifunction strategy A. Now please”. After the race Massa admitted it was a team order, but said he was not willing to sacrifice the place Massa said he had talked to his team about it after the race and that Alonso passed him fair and square on lap 20 anyway.

    Team principal Stefano Domenicali said Massa’s display of disobedience would not change the way the team treats him during his final four races as a Ferrari driver.

  • Empee

    “Team principal Stefano Domenicali said Massa’s display of disobedience would not change the way the team treats him during his final four races as a Ferrari driver.”

    They’d only hurt themselves to do otherwise. As much as Mercedes has been screwing themselves as of late, they’re only 10 points out of usurping second from Ferrari in the constructors’ championship. Lotus could even overtake one or both of them. It’s a longer shot (33 points), but not impossible given that their race pace seems more conducive to getting two cars in the sharp end of the points. That said, Ferrari needs Massa to race, while Mercedes needs to stop bungling race strategy.

  • the fan

    hillside…

    why compare previous points system to the current? rules change but are the records refreshed? if we were to use the old points system then vettel could only be champ in 2013 and 2011. alonso would have taken 2010 and 2012. i suggest you think more maturely

  • Hawk

    Merc race strategy is out of this world. very amateurish at best. and RB race strategy, evil at best. Just look at what they did to Webber. so evil.