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The following 29 nations, starting 2022, have scored. Can you explain?

  1. United Kingdom 719
  2. Germany 415
  3. France 308
  4. Brazil 293
  5. Finland 245
  6. Italy 207
  7. Australia 130
  8. USA 129
  9. Austria 118
  10. Spain 106
  11. Argentina 98
  12. New Zealand 71
  13. Netherlands 62
  14. Belgium 45
  15. Sweden 44
  16. Canada 39
  17. South Africa 36
  18. Switzerland 36
  19. Colombia 30
  20. Mexico 22
  21. Monaco 14
  22. Poland 12
  23. Russia 4
  24. Japan 3
  25. Thailand 2
  26. Rhodesia 1
  27. Portugal 1
  28. Venezuela 1
  29. Denmark 1
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This scoring table shows the number of

podium (top three) finishes in total each nation has in Formula One up to the end of 2021.

Shown in https://www.formula1points.com/nations/nations-podiums on the podiums View.

I stumbled upon the answer after

ruling out some initial thoughts - Football (UK too high!), Nobel prizes (USA too low). Monaco sparked F1 and searching for 'formula one races won by each country' showed the countries in a very promising order: UK - 307, Germany - 179, Brazil -101, France - 81, Finland - 57. It took some more searches to find the number of podium finishes.

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  • $\begingroup$ I am interested in your thought process. Is it possible to add that in your answer? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Jan 8 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Sid - I had some random wrong thoughts then think it was one small country relatively high up which gave a guess. Though the country is famously related to the knowledge it's not the reason it appears in the table, but probably helped. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Jan 8 at 14:17

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