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Fernando Alonso Reveals Points Record Helmet for Indian GP; Not a Real Record

SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 13:  Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari attends the drivers parade before the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2013 in Suzuka, Japan.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterOctober 22, 2013

Fernando Alonso took to Twitter this afternoon to reveal that he will wear a custom-designed helmet for the Indian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard will wear the helmet to mark his achievement last time out in Japan, where he took his total points tally in Formula 1 to 1571—a new record.

The previous record belonged to Michael Schumacher with 1566.

That said, as far as achievements go, it's a relatively hollow one. The only reason that Alonso now holds the record is because F1 switched from 10 points for a victory to 25 in 2010.

As a result, most of Schumacher's points were garnered under the old scoring system. Suffice to say, had the 25-point system been in place for all of Schumacher's 91 Grands Prix wins, his points tally would have dwarfed Alonso's, who has 32 GP wins to date.

And it's not as if Alonso can seek comfort in the current Formula 1 standings—it is likely that this is the week his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel seals his fourth consecutive world title.

For all that, though, it's a nice design—and it could make a handsome collector's item one day in the future.

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