Nyck de Vries no longer sits in last place in the Formula 1 standings, despite the fact that he remains scoreless in his rookie season.
AlphaTauri rookie Nyck de Vries has not scored any points in the first six races of his rookie Formula 1 season, but after a 12th place finish in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, he has officially moved out of last (20th) place in the standings.
De Vries and fellow rookie Logan Sargeant are the only drivers who have not yet scored a point this year, but it was the Williams driver who was officially scored in 19th place, not 20th, in the standings heading into Circuit de Monaco.
Now it is Sargeant who sits in last, not de Vries. The reason for this is that de Vries now owns the tiebreaker over the 22-year-old American because of his 12th place finish in Formula 1’s crown jewel race.
For Formula 1 drivers tied in points, the tiebreaker becomes highest finish.
If both drivers share the same top finish, the tiebreaker becomes who has recorded that finish on more occasions. If they have recorded it on the same number of occasions, the next tiebreaker becomes the next highest finish, and so on.
De Vries and Sargeant both now own a 12th place finish this season, with the latter having finished in 12th in his Formula 1 debut to open up the year in the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit.
As a result, de Vries owns the tiebreaker due to having a better second best finish, having finished in 14th place in both the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Sargeant’s next best finishes are only 16th place efforts in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit, and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit.
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