Button takes lead in title race – full points standings after China

Drivers championship standings

Position Driver Points
1 Jenson Button 60
2 Nico Rosberg 50
3 Fernando Alonso 49
4 Lewis Hamilton 49
5 Sebastian Vettel 45
6 Felipe Massa 41
7 Robert Kubica 40
8 Mark Webber 28
9 Adrian Sutil 10
10 Michael Schumacher 10
11 Vitantonio Liuzzi 8
12 Vitaly Petrov 6
13 Rubens Barrichello 5
14 Jaime Alguersuari 2
15 Nico H?â??lkenberg 1
=16 Timo Glock 0
=16 Sebastien Buemi 0
=16 Pedro de la Rosa 0
=16 Lucas di Grassi 0
=16 Karun Chandhok 0
=16 Kamui Kobyashi 0
=16 Jarno Trulli 0
=16 Heikki Kovalainen 0
=16 Bruno Senna 0

Constructors championship standings

Position Team Points
1 McLaren 109
2 Ferrari 90
3 Red Bull 73
4 Mercedes 60
5 Renault 46
6 Force India 18
7 Williams 6
8 Toro Rosso 2
=9 HRT 0
=9 Lotus 0
=9 Sauber 0
=9 Virgin 0

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61 comments on Button takes lead in title race – full points standings after China

  1. This new points system seems to swap the positions about a lot. 3 championship leaders now…

    • Nothing has changed. New system just gives more points, but standings was same with 10-8-6…

    • Icthyes said on 18th April 2010, 10:16

      Under any points system I think it would have changed just as much by now? Although I think one of the past systems would have had Alonso still ahead after Malaysia, I think.

      • After old system:
        Button 23
        Rosberg 20
        Alonso 20
        Hamilton 20
        Vettel 18
        Massa 16
        Kubica 17
        Webber 10

        So almoast no changes at all

        • James_mc said on 18th April 2010, 11:30

          This looks much nicer in my eyes!

        • sato113 said on 18th April 2010, 15:09

          yeah it is nice. from looking at the table, i’ve come to the conclusion that webber is a bit s***. ;)

          • Patrickl said on 18th April 2010, 16:35

            Webber has his strategy compromised by the team a lot. He should/could have won in Australia if they hadn’t messed up his strategy and waited for Vettel to come in.

            I’m happy to see they learned from that and today allowed him to come in earlier than Vettel. If it wasn’t for Vettel and Hamilton pushing him off after the restart, he might have done pretty well today too.

  2. Hamish said on 18th April 2010, 10:05

    I have a question: If Rosbergs team mate was anyone but Schumacher would there be rumours circulating of a replacement already?

    • Bigbadderboom said on 18th April 2010, 10:27

      I think that Mercedes and Schuey took a far longer view than 4 races on the development of The silver arrows team, In terms of under performance I think Mark Webber is under most pressure, he is by far the lesser value driver in terms of equipment available and points delivered, I think he is far guiltier of squandaring opportuniies.

      • Mark Webber hasn’t signed a new contract yet, he’s under pressure because there’s a Red Bull signed driver in the WRC who’s supposedly somewhat decent in an F1 car…

    • Damon said on 18th April 2010, 13:42

      OMG, what a nonsense question. Of course not.

      • Electrolite said on 18th April 2010, 13:55

        If anything I think the Vettel/Webber partnership is everything an F1 team would want. Both competitive drivers that can win races, but one tends to perform better than the other. Red Bull would want a team that can do 1-2s rather than taking eachother out or an Alonso/Hamilton 2007 situation.

        (Hurts to say Vettel’s stronger than Webber cause i’m a big fan of Webber, and unless Vettel’s in the lead you never see him involved in anything)

        • Scribe said on 18th April 2010, 19:55

          Good point Electrolite, best example of this sort of thing is Coulthard, McLaren kept him for longer than anyother drive in their history, because he could be quick when their title challenger was slow, win races an feel wanted but never actually be in contention to beat his teamate.

          Bar, poor Mika in 2001.

      • Hamish said on 19th April 2010, 8:15

        No no, simmer down. I think you guys have interpreted it the wrong way.

        Disregard the Schumacher aspect, disregard the new team aspect. All I am saying is if a driver in a team was typically getting beaten this comprehensively after 4 rounds how long would it be before the media started circulating the rumours (key word there guys is rumour). I’m not saying the team would think this way, and I am aware the Mercedes is new with a long term plan (funny how all think they are knowledge supreme on the net), but it would be inevitable that someone would write an article questioning that persons position in a typical situation, which this is not.

    • DaveW said on 18th April 2010, 17:43

      Yes. And regarding Webber, he is not being dusted off in qualifying and practice by his teammate, at the very least Webber is keeping RedBulls competition behind him in qualifying. Webber’s issues are his old foes of misjudgement and despair in the race, adn the teams “strategerie.” Schumacher is many tenths off Rosberg in all stages and conditions. If it were Button being so trounced by Hamilton, even iwth arguably low expections placed upon him, Button’s head would be on a platter already.

  3. US_Peter said on 18th April 2010, 10:18

    Wow. Top 7 are all still within striking distance with one race win. Interesting that of the 4 big teams going into the season, Schumacher is by far the lowest in points.

  4. Burt said on 18th April 2010, 10:19

    Great race!! Congrats to Jensen and Lewis. Great race by both… I must say it was quite sad watching Schumacher getting picked off time after time. He’s just not a contender.

    • Mike said on 18th April 2010, 15:46

      I think somethings not right on his car yet, you could visibly see that he couldn’t get traction out of the corners.

      • Scribe said on 18th April 2010, 19:57

        yeah but remember him driving to second stuck in 5th, no car used to have a problem big enough.

        He’s just not what he used to be. Or he hasn’t got it back yet.

  5. Still think the title battle will be between Alonso and Vettel but Jenson has been inspired in the wet races this season and fully deserves the championship lead. Alonso has had a torrid few races though and but the recovery drives in today and in Aus were both pretty brilliant.

    • profesor said on 18th April 2010, 10:37

      It wont be Alonso juast got luck with the first win unlike Mclaren dominatin in the wet

      • Mike said on 18th April 2010, 15:51

        I’m not an Alonso fan, but he’s got the pace over Massa at the moment and with Ferrari’s potential to develop their car you would be Naive to count him out yet.

        I think Rosberg, despite doing really well, has had luck on his side, most others have had problems (Alonso’s engines for example)
        Not that his efforts and any less commendable due to it though.

        Maybe he did just get luck, but the same argument could be made for both Buttons wins.

      • David A said on 18th April 2010, 19:14

        There is no way anyone should count out Alonso, in fact, he’s my tip for the title.

  6. LotusMate said on 18th April 2010, 10:44

    What exciting races..the tyre poker did working well with McLaren..Hope Lewis will not get any penalty of that ex-pit incidents..he just agreat driver,we love him and his action…

  7. Phil said on 18th April 2010, 10:46

    I am so glad Scummy came back to show the world he was never as good as we thought. He was just in a car that was streets ahead for years, and there was nobody to challenge him in between Hakkinnen and Alonso.

    • MetalHead said on 18th April 2010, 11:29

      lmao oh come be nice to seniors

      watching Petrov go past Schumi was priceless… I like Petrov, he’s getting into the groove having had little time to get used to F1

  8. sato113 said on 18th April 2010, 12:08

    keith can you make a championship points line graph for your next china analysis article?

  9. Everyone who bet on Button and Rosberg at this moment in time are laughing.

    odds from start of season:

    Button was around 12/1
    Rosberg was around 25/1

    Bookies are also chuckling at all the bets on Alonso, Schumacher and Hamilton since mostly all the f1 fans bet on them.

    Is there anymore doubt on what Rosberg can do now? He gave Hamilton a good duel in that race and got another podium to be 2nd in the WDC with a car that still isn’t 100%. Keep it going Rosberg I got ÂŁ20 riding on you to get the WDC, and Spain should be the race when the Mercedes is finally ready to challege the 1st, and quite down the WUM’s.

    Roll on spain…..

  10. Button outqualifies teammate past two races, uses fewer tires, and is leading the championship without fighting in the pit lane or weaving on track. Hmm. Sounds like a worthy reigning champ to me. But I’m in the US so what do I know.

    • horse power said on 18th April 2010, 16:42

      nothing…….Lewis is the man and yeah all you,ve said about button is true but he’s boring ,sorry

      • lol's at Lewis fanboys said on 18th April 2010, 20:13

        “slowly claps” you nearly fooled us WUM but I would rather have a driver that can win then a driver who makes it “interesting” who crashes half the time.

  11. Nixon said on 18th April 2010, 14:04

    I hate the new points system.

    • Its simply useless. Its like old*2,5=new
      Absolutely agree with u

      • Patrickl said on 18th April 2010, 16:37

        The main difference is that it gives more points to lower places. Which in fact puts even more emphasis on finishing rather than winning races.

        • Scribe said on 18th April 2010, 20:00

          weal, it does seem to be making absolutley no differance at the moment, I think if it had been used last year only one lower order driver would have benefited.

          still it does have an extra incentive attached to the win so i’m still for it.

  12. Electrolite said on 18th April 2010, 14:08

    I love how Rosberg is second overall. Good look to him.

    • Electrolite said on 18th April 2010, 14:17

      also! interesting to see that, if Schumacher had racked up only HALF as many points and Rosberg has by now, then Mercedes would be ahead of Red Bull in the WCC.

  13. FLIG said on 18th April 2010, 14:43

    I said before the championship started and I’ll repeat it here; I’d bet on Alonso or Rosberg. Obviously Vettel, Hamilton and Button are great drivers and really in the groove right now, but circumstance-fortune seem to be with those two. It will be tight between everyone, including Kubica and Massa, thank god, because we all needed a well fought and close WDC, but 2 things separate Alonso and Rosberg from the rest;
    Alonso has experience no other has; he has come from below (Minardi), earned his seat on a then invisible Renault (it was all about Schumacher back then) and won TWICE to dethrone Schumi. Then he had all the Hamilton deal, which screwed him royally and gave him a lesson in humility. He was de-moted and went back to being happy with a podium. Won races with that miserable Renault and now has a big old Ferrari in his hands. He’s hungry for glory again.
    And Rosberg… He is talented, has always been very consistent AND has Schumacher and Ross Brawn at his side. I just don’t understand the people who really thought Schumacher was there to fight for the title. That’s just plain silly and naive. He has a new role now, and he is doing it really well, in my opinion.

    • Mike said on 18th April 2010, 15:54

      I think it would be Naive to suggest Schumacher wasn’t there to win the championship… But I agree it should be good for Rosberg.

    • Patrickl said on 18th April 2010, 16:43

      Circumstance fortune? Hamilton was the (one of the) fastest all weekend! He made a mistake in Q3, but he was fastest in the race again.

      The Red Bull team and drivers are completely unable to deal with anything but perfect conditions. Still, if there are a few “normal” races in a row they will pull away easily.

      Same with Hamilton and Alonso. Button beat Hamilton with two clever pit stop deciscions. Not on race pace. Likewise Massa finished ahead of Alonso because Alonso had problems.

      We’ll see how things look after a few “normal” races.

      Don’t forget after the mess of the start in 2008 even Kubica was in the lead of the championship in a car that under normal conditions would be lucky to finish on the podium.

      It’s not going to be such a lottery for every race of the season. There will be more “normal” races than wet races like this.

  14. Button wins 2 out of 4 and 10 points in the lead going into the European rounds. Who’d ‘a’ thunk it!

  15. Eastvillboy said on 18th April 2010, 16:26

    Can anyone explain how Sutil fell so far back after dicing with Schumie for 6th near the halfway point and then back to 12th/13th after pit stops????

    Thanks

    • Patrickl said on 18th April 2010, 16:50

      Sutil made his last stop too late. Schumacher stopped a few laps earlier and going 5 seconds a lap faster he pulled out a 15 second gap to Sutil.

      Sutil closed right back up to Schumacher by the end of the race though.

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