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Alonso overhauls Schumacher to become top scorer in F1® history 13 Oct 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 (L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault and Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari shake hands at the drivers end of year photograph.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has surpassed Michael Schumacher as the all-time leading points scorer in Formula One history.

Alonso scored 12 points for finishing fourth in Japan on Sunday, taking his career tally to 1,571 points - five more than Schumacher’s total of 1,566.

"I am very proud of having become the driver with the most points in the history of this sport, even if for a few years now, with the change to the points system, you get more,” said the Spaniard, recognizing the significant change to the points-scoring system that took place in 2010.

“Now I want to celebrate this record and think about the next race in India.”

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali also hailed Alonso's achievement, describing it as "proof of his extraordinary talent and something which makes us very proud."

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel is currently third in the all-time points list with 1,351, having added 25 to his tally with victory at Suzuka.

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