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???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. iBlaze said on 18th April 2010, 16:41

    I think the Mercedes team find themselves in a very similar situation to what BMW-Sauber were in 2008.

    You have one driver (Rosberg ’10, Kubica ’08) who is up there picking up the points being dropped by faster cars and subsequently putting himself in championship contention.

    Then you have the other driver (Schumacher ’10, Heidfeld ’08) who we know can offer so much more, but the car just doesn’t seem to handle the way he wants it to and is therefore limiting his potential.

    Also, although the car is reasonably quick, it’s still lacking those extra few tenths needed to regularly challenge for wins (even though they may pick up the odd podium).

    It will be interesting to see whether Mercedes take the same decision BMW-Sauber did in 2008 and halt development mid-season to concentrate on next year’s car. Would be a shame for Rosberg if they did.

    • Scribe said on 18th April 2010, 20:07

      This is a very interesting point, still both teams, an BMW rather more inexblicably than Mercedes seeing as BMW might actually had a chance had they been sensible, are making a mistake if you ask me. If you’ve never won a championship it doesn’t matter which one you win. The publicity money fans an sponsorship you’ll get from winning the driver massivley outway the benefits of the constructors.

    • FLIG said on 18th April 2010, 21:07

      I think the main difference here is it’s not Mario Theyssen, it’s Ross Brawn. If there is one thing he is good at is winning. He’s been doing it for a long time now.

  2. Icthyes said on 18th April 2010, 19:38

    Nice work by Rosberg to be where he is but he’s going to have to starting winning races to stay up there. After 4 races of the main protagonists finishing all over the points positions, his consistency has been rewarded, but once we get a few more double-winners Rosberg has to have won at least once to stay in touch with them.

    Heck, we won’t know until Silverstone what’s going on.

  3. PeterG said on 18th April 2010, 21:55

    If you take in to account the finishing positions then the non scoring drivers should be ordered like:

    Heikki Kovalainen
    Sebastien Buemi
    Karun Chandhok
    Bruno Senna
    Pedro de la Rosa
    Jarno Trulli
    Luca di Grassi
    Timo Glock
    Kamui Kobayashi

  4. hassnol said on 19th April 2010, 6:38

    go heikki… leader of wdc division 2

  5. Schumi_the_greatest said on 19th April 2010, 9:37

    good pooint patrickl

    im glad im not the only 1 who has noticed although button has done very well by winning 2 races they both hinged on him getting the right call for tyres, which he deserves credit for doing, hamilton is only 11 points behind having had to make a comeback in the last 3 gps. Hes been the quicker of the 2 mclaren drivers. Shaping up to be a fascinating season already so close.

    vettel once again proves hes a long way from the being the complete driver the bbc would have you believe, great in qualifying and great when its dry leading from pole otherwise hes average im afraid

  6. John H said on 19th April 2010, 13:19

    That must be the first time a driver has gone from 1st to 6th in the championship!?

  7. Jameson said on 19th April 2010, 20:56

    Does anyone else feel that Heidfeld deserved the second Renault seat? Heidfeld consistently out performed Kubica at BMWSauber, and seeing how good the Renault is with Kubica behind the wheel made me wonder how Nick would be doing.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st April 2010, 8:28

      Petrov did well at Shanghai, at this rate Heidfeld might have a better chance with the first Mercedes seat…

      • Mike said on 6th May 2010, 12:04

        Petrov has impressed, but so did Kobyashi last year, and we are still yet to see that. Although obviously Petrov has done well, I don’t think it’s really possible to say he is any better as a package than say, Hulkenburg or Jaime (I can spell his Surname) are at the moment,

        Are we possibly jumping the gun a bit.

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