The world champion is the driver who scores the most world championship points over the course of a season.
The number of points awarded for each place in the race has changed for the 2010 season because there are two more teams than usual
• 1st 25 pts
• 2nd 18 pts
• 3rd 15 pts
• 4th 12 pts
• 5th 10 pts
• 6th 8 pts
• 7th 6 pts
• 8th 4 pts
• 9th 2 pts
• 10th 1 pt
Should two drivers score the same number of points in a season, their position in the standings will be decided by which one has won more races.
There's another prize for the teams that make the cars - constructors.
It's called the constructors championship, and uses the same points system as the drivers championship.
Each team has two drivers in a race, and the points they BOTH earn in races are added together to make their team's score.