Fernando Alonso has raced past Michael Schumacher, and is now the leading points scorer in the history of Formula One. 

After finishing fourth in last week's  Japanese Grand Prix, the Spaniard went to 1,571 career points; two ahead of the seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher. 

Despite heavily trailing Vettel this season, Alonso is proud of his achievement:

"Leading points scorer in F1 is something great," Alonso is quoted as saying on BBC. "I know the points system changed, but when someone overtakes me in the points no-one will remember the points system changed."

Sebastian Vettel currently sits third in the chart, with 1,351.

However, some would argue that it's easier to gain points now than it was in Schumacher's era.

During the German's time in Formula One, only 10 points were awarded for a win, until a new ruling, which came in for the 2010 season, meant a race win was worth 25 points.

Two wins in the 2013 season would equate to five wins in the 2003 season, for example.

The 32-year-old, who started in Formula One for Minardi in 2001 had to wait until March 2003 to claim his first ever Formula One points.

A third placed finish in Interlagos, Brazil after starting in pole position - also becoming the youngest driver to gain a pole at the time. In that season, Alonso finished sixth.

From then, Alonso's career accelerated further.

He won the World Championship in 2005 and again the following year. When the time felt right for Alonso, he moved to McLaren, but never felt settled, moving to Ferrari in 2010.

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