Hamilton back in the championship lead – points in full

Drivers’ championship points

Position Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 182
2 Mark Webber 179
3 Sebastian Vettel 151
4 Jenson Button 147
5 Fernando Alonso 141
6 Felipe Massa 109
7 Robert Kubica 104
8 Nico Rosberg 102
9 Adrian Sutil 45
10 Michael Schumacher 44
11 Rubens Barrichello 30
12 Kamui Kobayashi 21
13 Vitaly Petrov 19
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi 13
15 Nico H?Ô??lkenberg 10
16 Sebastien Buemi 7
17 Pedro de la Rosa 6
18 Jaime Alguersuari 3
19 Heikki Kovalainen 0
20 Karun Chandhok 0
21 Lucas di Grassi 0
22 Jarno Trulli 0
23 Bruno Senna 0
24 Timo Glock 0
25 Sakon Yamamoto 0

Constructors’ championship points

Position Team Points
1 Red Bull 330
2 McLaren 329
3 Ferrari 250
4 Mercedes 146
5 Renault 123
6 Force India 58
7 Williams 40
8 Sauber 27
9 Toro Rosso 10
10 Lotus 0
11 HRT 0
12 Virgin 0

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40 comments on Hamilton back in the championship lead – points in full

  1. Hamish said on 29th August 2010, 14:42

    6 races, 150 points still up for grabs. This season is by no means over.

  2. Some interesting battles for 6th place and 9th place coming up in the championship, as well as the main one!

    • US_Peter said on 29th August 2010, 22:51

      I fully expect Kubica to pass Massa by the end of the season, and maybe even be up there fighting for fifth, or even fourth place. It’d be a pretty long shot for him to get the championship, but I think with Renault’s recent improvements to the car he’ll at the very least be the big spoiler for the top 5, taking a lot of the points that they’ll all be desperate to try and get.

  3. Would have been so good if Ham had binned it, maybe Kubica could have even snatched the lead.

  4. Tobinen said on 29th August 2010, 14:53

    Very enjoyable race. Great stuff for Hamilton, felt for Button when some amateur took him out. Great finish for Sutil too, those Force Indias were very quick.

    Looking forward to Monza!

  5. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 29th August 2010, 14:58

    I believe we’re down to a 3 horse race for the title. Button has no hope, Alonso has a decent car but he’s a long way behind now, but Vettel I think has the car to reduce the deficit.

    Webber surely must be favourite. Hamilton may have the lead, but with the exception of Monza all the remaining tracks should favour Red Bull over McLaren

    • BasCB said on 29th August 2010, 15:20

      I still think Alonso might have something to say about the championship. Vettel and Button might have a chance, but Vettel needs to find some cool.
      Button must hope for more rainy days without Vettel behind him.

      • US_Peter said on 29th August 2010, 22:56

        The two Red Bulls are definitely the shoe in with the advantage of their car, especially when you look at which circuits are remaining. Hamilton and Webber are certainly both capable at this point, but I don’t know if McLaren is gonna be able to make the car competitive enough for Lewis in high-speed corners to be able to take the fight to the Bulls. I think Vettel really needs to clear his head if he’s still going to win it, and the longer that doesn’t happen, the more my money’s on Webber. The Ferrari certainly seems more competitive than the McLaren on high downforce circuits, so if someone can manage to beat Webber and Vettel, I think Alonso is probably a more likely candidate than Hamilton. That said, consistency still counts, and Hamilton might just eek out the championship through consistent podiums… It’s certainly going to be an awesome finish to the season in any case.

        • DaveW said on 30th August 2010, 1:47

          The thing is, the story that RBR will eventually pull away what with their awesome car is a little shop-worn now. We have seen more than enough races to draw the obvious conclusion: Hamilton is a more consistent scorer of points than Webber or Vettel. There is no reason to think this will change; there is no better measure of the next six races than the previous 13.

          The remaining mix of tracks is no cake-walk for RBR either. Hamilton will be strong at Monza, Brazil, and Abu Dhabi with its massive straights. Only Japan looks like a slam dunk for RBR, and on paper Korea may be good for them too. This season thus will come down to execution and consistency, which are not RBR strong points.

          Also, we know that Vettel will never become a #2, and I understand that the Queen will soon call Button and request that he make necessary sacrifices for her sake and the country’s. OK, I only dreamt the second part.

          • Hamish said on 30th August 2010, 6:43

            “Hamilton is a more consistent scorer of points than Webber or Vettel”

            – Webber has failed to score points once, Lewis twice.

            “Hamilton will be strong at Monza, Brazil, and Abu Dhabi with its massive straights”

            – Bar Monza, I wouldn’t think this is absolute. Red Bull should be very strong at Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

          • I think Red Bull will dominate in Singapore as well as in Japan.

  6. This has got to be one of the most competitive seasons I’ve ever seen.

    Oh and if anyone mentions the new point system… I will kill you.
    … ok I won’t, But I will teach you to divide by 2.5

    • US_Peter said on 29th August 2010, 23:01

      Well, it’s not just dividing by 2.5. They did increase the gap between 1st and 2nd place percentage-wise, which I think was the right thing. Before Spa Webber was leading the championship with double the race wins of any other driver, whereas under the only points system Hamilton would’ve led Webber, with half the race wins of Webber. Certainly consistency should count, but when a driver has twice as many wins as all other drivers, surely he should be in the lead. Now Hamilton’s in the lead again, but he’s only one win shy of Webber. All in all I like the new points system, it seems very fair, and has still kept the battle pretty close at the front.

      • Mike said on 30th August 2010, 6:45

        Yeah your right. And I like the new one as well.

        It was more of a complaint of those who seem think it is only close because of the changes.

  7. samuel said on 29th August 2010, 15:01

    This race once again demonstrated that S. Vettel is outrageously over-rated. His spear into Jenson was utterly a rookie error. No way he would ever become WDC with this type of driving

  8. cesium said on 29th August 2010, 15:01

    i think vettle needs to learn how to drive!
    first button and then liuzzi!
    what’s he doing on the track??!?

  9. Hey all , let’s see whats mclaren response over these few weeks. They seem slightly improved in spa. Many will attrirbute it to weather, but if u realize, their s2 timing, though still far off as compared to red bull ( about 0.4s), the gap to ferrari is not there at all. It’s either the wing test that have changed things, or mclaren have stepped Up slightly,

    It’s a pity because if vet , haven’t crash button out, we could be seeing a even greater Hamilton lead over webber and mclaren will also most likely finish above red bull racing in constructors champ. I think it’s time for vetted to inherit the title of the most dangerous driver, as he either takes his rival out or he takes himself out, and worst of all is he doesnt feel remorseful of it,and I think he owe button an apology as given current situation, button has ne’er to zero possibility of retaining his title.

    • Franton said on 29th August 2010, 16:03

      Actually, Vettel has apologised to Button.

    • tharris19 said on 29th August 2010, 23:04

      Vettel taking other drivers out is not intention. However, his race craft in testy situations raises serious questions about his driving skills.
      He is a demon in clean air or at the front, but, he consistently get in trouble when he has to manage tense fights on the circuit and other distractions.

  10. ElliottB said on 29th August 2010, 15:07

    If I’m not mistaken, 11th place and back are now out of the running for the championship as there are 150 points to play with.

    • US_Peter said on 29th August 2010, 23:06

      Correct, and for either Sutil or Schumacher to win they’d pretty much have to win every remaining race while somehow keeping Hamilton, Webber, Vettel, Button, and Alonso from scoring at all again. I think it’s safe to say that only the top five have any shot at all anymore, with Massa, Rosberg, and Kubica being the spoilers who can take valuable points from the front-runners.

  11. BasCB said on 29th August 2010, 15:13

    Still looking very interesting for the championship. In old money the difference between Webber and Hamilton is only one point, with Vettel and Button about 15 points behind. Alonso is in for a very tough job now, though.

    Nice to see Rosberg catching Schumi back right in the end, he is still close to Kubica.

    And Sutil got Schumi for the 9th place.

    In the back, now Kovalainnen is clear in front of the new teams, Virgin did not really make up places despite their improving speed.

  12. samuel said on 29th August 2010, 15:15

    I wish that Jenson or somebody will return the “favor” he received from Vettel today, if it happen at a title decider race, it will be even sweeter. Can’t stand this boy anymore. He arrogant, rude and moreover, can’t learn a simple driving lesson.

  13. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 29th August 2010, 15:22

    Hamilton has become the complete package. Unbelievably mature driving from him and fully deserves to be leading the title. Just thinking if his tyres hadn’t gone in Spain…

    Vettel’s title is over.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 29th August 2010, 15:27

      However Webber has the advantage. I can’t see Webber ever dropping any points. He’s always up there no matter what.

    • BasCB said on 29th August 2010, 15:28

      I feel Hamilton is really maturing. Thats exactly what we said after his first year in F1 (look at what level he is as a rookie, what will he be doing with experience).

      It will make for another 3-5 exiting years with Lewis and the guys. Maybe Vettel will stop making rookie mistakes again next year.

    • “Hamilton has become the complete package”

      He still can’t decide a strategy to save his life. Luckily, it’s an area his team does well in usually. He’s been at his best this season though although has had a few quali niggles.

      • The strategy part will come with time and experience I think. This is still only his 4th season in F1.

  14. ……”Vettel crahes his opponents car while overtaking”…… Sounds kinda familiar……

    The only difference here was the fact that he took Buttons chance of earning some really important points ( or even a win) while he could have still make some points afterwards(the fact that he didnt was alone his fault!)

    ..looking forward what Helmut Marko has to say about his “Wunderkind” now that Webber is 28 points ahead of Vettel…

    He is talented, i give him that but does talent alone make him a driver worth the championship?…No!…

  15. BasCB said on 29th August 2010, 15:24

    This is really crazy, Coulthard and Horner speaking about Vettel “he is still a very young guy”. Come on, you can say that about Petrov or H├╝lkenberg this year. Vettel is in his 3rd full season, he’s no rookie.

    Nice for Davidson stating he really doubts Vettels race craft. I think most of us agree with him.

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