A critic of the new system of scoring Formula One races when it was announced ahead of the 2010 season, Fernando Alonso would be the man to benefit most from the old order had it remained.
With greater emphasis on winning and/or filling the podium places, reigning world champion Jenson Button heads to the Monaco Grand Prix sitting three points clear of Alonso after winning twice as many races as the Spaniard, but a return to the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system would see their positions reversed, with Alonso holding a single point advantage over the Briton.
Despite Button being the only driver in the top ten to have scored in each of the five races to date, Alonso's average result is better than the McLaren driver's, giving him 28 points to Button's 27, even though his Ferrari expired while chasing the Briton in Malaysia.
"For the first five races, my goal was to feel at home and adapt to the car," Button told Spain's El Diario
, "Leading the championship at the moment is a great feeling, but it's only the beginning. There's a long way to go in a championship that is going to be very challenging and close."
Behind the top two, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel sits third overall, four points off Alonso after seeing potential victories in Bahrain and Australia go begging, while the season's other race winner, Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber, finds himself in a three-way tie for fourth with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Webber holds position in that scenario, but both Rosberg and Hamilton gain places under the old system.
One time championship leader Felipe Massa is seventh, on 19 points, one ahead of 2010 surprise Robert Kubica, the pair holding the same places as they do under the current scoring system, while the other drivers in the 'real' top ten, Michael Schumacher and Adrian Sutil, hold station with seven and six points respectively.
Tonio Liuzzi would have a two points, rather than the eight he has under the 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system, and would be level with Renault rookie Vitaly Petrov, while Rubens Barrichello brings up the rear with a points for his eighth place in Australia. Jaime Alguersuari and Nico Hulkenberg would be yet to open their F1 accounts.