Despite finishing 3rd at the Monaco GP, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton still leads the championship but by only 6 points. Meanwhile, Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo’s win in the Principality moved him to level points with Valterri Bottas and only 16 points off of Hamilton.
The points system Formula One currently uses has been used since 2010 allows for the top 10 finishers to claim points and as follows: 1st – 25pts, 2nd – 18pts, 3rd – 15pts, 4th – 12pts, 5th – 10pts, 6th – 8pts, 7th – 6pts, 8th – 4pts, 9th – 2pts and 10th – 1pt.
The points system used in Formula One between 2003 to 2009 was as follows: 1st – 10pts, 2nd – 8pts, 3rd – 6pts, 4th – 5pts, 5th – 4pts, 6th – 3pts, 7th – 2pts and 8th – 1pt.
Monaco GP Result
- Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 10pts
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 8pts
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 6pts
- Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 5pts
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 4pts
- Esteban Ocon, Force India, 3pts
- Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, 2pts
- Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 1pt
Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points
Hamilton’s lead cut to 6 points
Only Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel gained more points than Lewis Hamilton from the Monaco GP but the Brit still leads the championship with 45 points. Hamilton’s and Vettel’s consistent performances, by finishing inside the points at each race, has left them 1st and 2nd in the championship with a sizeable gap to the rest of the chasing pack. Vettel remains in 2nd with 39pts and in striking distance of the Mercedes driver.
Reverting back to 2018, Hamilton’s lead did come down but only to 14 points from 17 points.
Ricciardo moves level with Bottas
Daniel Ricciardo’s 2nd win of the year, his first win in Monaco, moved him level with the other Mercedes of Valterri Bottas in joint 3rd in the championship with 29 points each. Before Monaco, Ricciardo had only scored 19 points while Bottas had scored 25 points. In theory if Ricciardo hadn’t of retired in Bahrain or Baku, he would be a very close 3rd. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen remains a close 5th only 4 points behind the pair with 25 points.
Reverting back to 2018, Ricciardo is in 3rd, 4 points ahead of Bottas with Raikkonen in 5th, 6 points behind Bottas.
Four drivers still to score
Sergey Sirotkin, Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley are the remaining 4 drivers that are still to score any points this season. Their team-mates however have scored points while their other-halves have still to get off the mark.
Reverting back to 2018, Ericsson and Hartley have scored points while Grosjean and Sirotkin haven’t.