Monday, 17 May 2010

Formula 1 - How Close?

Is this the closest title contest ever? At the moment, after six races, the top 8 drivers are covered by only 22 points - that's less than the points awarded for a single race win. Has there ever been so many drivers seperated by less than 10 points (one win in old money) at this stage of the season?

By contrast, last year at this point there wasn't a single driver within 10 points of leader Jenson Button - closest was Rubens Barrichello who was 16 points behind. The previous year, four drivers (Hamilton, Massa, Raikkonen and Kubica) were within 10 points of the top. The year before that, only Fernando Alonso was in touch with Lewis Hamilton (eventual Championship winner Kimi Raikkonen was 21 points off the top at this stage).

Alas, I don't have the time and resources to track this back over the whole of F1 history, but my gut feeling is that this could well be the closest we've seen the competition after six rounds. I for one am hopeful that the Red Bulls won't now drive off into the distance, metaphorically speaking, and it'll still be close towards the end of the season.

13 rounds to go ...!

[with thanks to - what a great resource!]

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