The changes made to F1's point-scoring structure ahead of the 2010 season may not have been welcomed by everyone, least of all the custodians of the sport's history and records, but they have made it easier for drivers to reach significant landmarks.

The next of those could be Fernando Alonso who, despite his recent frustration with Ferrari's F138, should be at the wheel of the car when he breaches the 1000-point milestone with his current employer.

Although the Spaniard remains some 80 points adrift of his target, there are still nine rounds remaining in which to accrue them, and he has already racked up 133 in the ten races to date, suggesting that he will surpass the 1000 sometime before the chequered flag falls in Brazil.

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From the 68 grands prix he has driven for the Prancing Horse since making his debut - with a victory - in Bahrain in 2010, Alonso has collected 920 points, in part, from eleven race wins and 38 podium appearances, with his tally in that period second only to Sebastian Vettel, who has won the world title on each occasion.

Alonso's victory total is also overshadowed by the German, but compares well to those of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber, both of whom he has comfortably out-scored in the same number of races. By contrast, Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa has produced 445 points, with no wins and only five podium finishes in the same period.

Based on his current rate of scoring in 2013, look for Alonso to break the 1000-point barrier around the time of the Indian Grand Prix at the end of October....