F1 2013 Alternative Championships – Round 11/19: Belgium

SEBASTIAN VETTEL may have just reached the point of no return in his quest for a fourth consecutive F1 World Championship with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Like a red rag to a...you get the idea. Picture from 'formula1.com'.

Like a red rag to a…you get the idea. Picture from ‘formula1.com’.

The German crushed all before him to earn his 31st career victory, putting him joint fifth on the all-time list with 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.

Vettel also became only the fifth driver ever to lead for over 2,000 laps. The 26-year-old has now led 2,037 laps. The next driver in his sights is the aforementioned Mansell (2,089), then: Alain Prost (2,684), Ayrton Senna (2,987) and finally Michael Schumacher (5,111).

He also led every lap of the race for an eighth time.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took second place while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was third. The two world champions are now in second and third in this season’s drivers’ championship respectively.

Hamilton has been on pole-position for the last four races and remarkably, he and Vettel have the same number of front-row starts (56) and podium finishes (54).

Fellow world champion Kimi Räikkönen suffered his first retirement for 38 races, ending a run that began at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Note that his self-imposed Rallying exile doesn’t count towards this statistic.

Also this was the first time since China last season that the Finn failed to score a point, thus ending his record run of 27 points scoring finishes.

1935 European Drivers’ Champions Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

25

2

Kimi Räikkönen

32

3

Fernando Alonso

34

4

Lewis Hamilton

37

5

Mark Webber

41

6

Nico Rosberg

42

7

Jenson Button

44

8

Sergio Pérez

44

9

Max Chilton

44

10

Romain Grosjean

45

11

Daniel Ricciardo

45

12

Valtteri Bottas

45

13

Paul di Resta

47

14

Pastor Maldonado

47

15

Jules Bianchi

47

16

Giedo van der Garde

47

17

Felipe Massa

48

18

Jean-Éric Vergne

49

19

Nico Hülkenberg

49

20

Esteban Gutiérrez

49

21

Charles Pic

50

22

Adrian Sutil

51

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez and Marussia’s rookie Max Chilton are the only drivers on par (44 points). Chilton is the only one of these three drivers to have completed all 11 races so far.

1957 F1 World Drivers’ Championship Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

64

2

Fernando Alonso

44

3

Kimi Räikkönen

41

4

Lewis Hamilton

36

5

Mark Webber

29

6

Nico Rosberg

24

7

Felipe Massa

9

8

Romain Grosjean

8

9

Paul di Resta

3

10

Jenson Button

2

11

Adrian Sutil

2

12

Sergio Pérez

1

13

Esteban Gutiérrez

1

14

Jean-Éric Vergne

0

15

Daniel Ricciardo

0

16

Nico Hülkenberg

0

17

Pastor Maldonado

0

18

Valtteri Bottas

0

19

Jules Bianchi

0

20

Charles Pic

0

21

Giedo van der Garde

0

22

Max Chilton

0

Rookies’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Valtteri Bottas

222

2

Esteban Gutiérrez

186

3

Jules Bianchi

141

4

Max Chilton

140

5

Giedo van der Garde

121

Gutiérrez earned two bonus points for setting the fastest lap in Spain.

Engines’ Championship.

Position

Engine

Points

1

Renault

240

2

Mercedes

201

3

Ferrari

197

4

Cosworth

132

Nations’ Championship.

Position

Nation

Points

1

Germany

229

2

Spain

157

3

England

148

4

Finland

147

5

Australia

130

6

France

86

7

Brazil

80

8

Scotland

58

9

Mexico

46

10

Venezuela

15

11

Netherlands

11

Venezuela and Netherlands cannot win the title.

European Drivers’ Championship.

With one round of this particular championship left just: Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg and Hamilton can take the title.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

99

2

Fernando Alonso

87

3

Nico Rosberg

82

4

Lewis Hamilton

80

5

Mark Webber

74

6

Kimi Räikkönen

67

7

Jenson Button

34

8

Felipe Massa

33

9

Romain Grosjean

27

10

Adrian Sutil

18

11

Paul di Resta

10

12

Sergio Pérez

8

13

Daniel Ricciardo

6

14

Jean-Éric Vergne

4

15

Nico Hülkenberg

2

16

Pastor Maldonado

1

17

Esteban Gutiérrez

0

18

Valtteri Bottas

0

19

Giedo van der Garde

0

20

Max Chilton

0

21

Charles Pic

0

22

Jules Bianchi

0

Monaco Qualifying Points: 10-Rosberg, 6-Hamilton, 4-Vettel, 3-Webber, 2-Räikkönen, 1-Alonso.

The Next Grand Prix…

It’s the time of year when Formula 1 leaves one classic venue in Spa for another one, Monza.

This year sees the 83rd running of the Italian Grand Prix, which runs from 6-7-8 September.

Current drivers who have won the Italian Grand Prix:

  • Fernando Alonso (2): 2007 (for McLaren) & 2010.
  • Sebastian Vettel (2): 2008 (maiden victory for himself and Toro Rosso) & 2011.
  • Lewis Hamilton: 2012 (for McLaren).

Current constructors who have won the Italian Grand Prix:

  • Ferrari (19): 1949*, ’51, ’52, ’60, ’61, ’64, ’66, ’70, ’75, ’79, ’88, ’96, ’98, 2000, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’06 & ’10.
  • McLaren (10): 1968, ’84, ’85, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’97, 2005, ’07 & ’12.
  • Williams (6): 1986, ’87, ’91, ’93, ’94 & 2001.
  • Mercedes (4): 1934*, ‘37†, ’54 & ’55.
  • Red Bull: 2011.
  • Toro Rosso: 2008 (only win to date).

*Not part of the World Championship. †Part of the Pre-War European Championship.

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3 Responses to F1 2013 Alternative Championships – Round 11/19: Belgium

  1. peteonsport says:

    I like all of these extra tables, but how does the point scoring system work for the 1935 and 1957 tables?

  2. Back in 1957 the points system was: 8 for a win, 6 for second, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, 2 for fifth and 1 for the fastest lap. In the pre-war European Championship the winning driver got 1 point, second place got 2 and third got 3. If you finished off the podium or completed over 75% of the race you got 4 points. If you only completed between 50%-75% of the race you got 5 points, 25%-50% was worth 6 points and less than 25% was worth 7. If you didn’t start, qualify, were disqualified or attend you got 8 points. The driver with the fewest points was champion.

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