With seven races to go, all is to play for up and down the field but Lewis Hamilton is a comfortable 22 points ahead of nearest championship rival Valterri Bottas while Mercedes are looking set for a sixth consecutive championship.
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.
Italian GP Result
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 10pts
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 8pts
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 6pts
- Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, 5pts
- Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 4pts
- Alexander Albon, Red Bull Racing Honda, 3pts
- Sergio Perez, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 2pts
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Honda, 1pt
Antonio Giovinazzi and Lando Norris who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points
Hamilton clear at the top
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton leads team-mate and championship rival Valterri Bottas by 22 points – over two races wins clear. Hamilton has really made progress since Hungary by collecting 24 points compared to Bottas’s 15 points scored. With seven races to go, a maximum of 70 points are up for grabs but it looks like that Hamilton is cruising to a sixth world championship.
Verstappen, Leclerc and Vettel vying for 3rd
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen currently holds 3rd place but just by one point ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who is three points ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Leclerc’s wins in Belgium and in Italy has seen the Ferrari driver claim 20 points in the past two races while Vettel’s taken 5 points while Verstappen has only taken one point. Crucially, Verstappen is only 18 points behind Bottas in 2nd so everything can change in the top 5.
Mercedes pulls clear as Renault close on McLaren
Despite not scoring in Germany, Mercedes have scored all season in double figures and since Hungary, have taken 39 points. The five time world champions are set to clinch this year’s title and have a 62 points gap back to rival’s Ferrari in 2nd. Ferrari meanwhile have had a great couple of races and have pulled away from Red Bull with the gap being 41 points. Failing to score in Belgium and in Italy, McLaren are now only 6 points ahead of Renault who have taken 10 points to close the gap in the fight for 4th.