In modern day championships it appears to be a general rule, that in case of equal points the decider in favour of the 'majority of better placings'. Means that if two drivers or teams have the same points score, the one with the higher number of wins, seconds, thirds etc. will get the better ranking. Thinking back I think the first time I have found mention of this rule must have been around the 1980ies, but do we know more exactly when this rule has been introduced? I don´t think it has 'ever been', at least I never found any mention in any older report, let´s say until around the 1960ies. In the 1950ies German championships for example it was usual, that in case of points equality one certain event was determined to be the 'championship decider'.