Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, Haas; Fernando Alonso, Alpine; Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo; Lando Norris, McLaren; Red Bull Ring, 2022

2022 Austrian Grand Prix driver ratings

2022 Austrian Grand Prix

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The second sprint weekend of the season at the Red Bull Ring saw different winners on Saturday and Sunday with Charles Leclerc passing sprint race winner Max Verstappen three times on his way to claiming his first grand prix victory since Australia back in April.

With three major competitive sessions across all three days, drivers could not afford to be anything other than on the top of their game throughout the weekend.

The sprint race allowed opportunities for some who made mistakes in Friday’s qualifying session to have a second chance at a better grid slot for Sunday’s grand prix, but it also saw others nearly have their weekends ruined by misfortune in the sprint race.

Here are the RaceFans driver ratings for the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix:

Lewis Hamilton – 6

Qualified: 9th (-5 places behind team mate)
+7.720s slower than team mate in Q3 (crashed)
Sprint race: 8th (-4 places behind team mate)
Finished: 3rd (-1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Crashed out of Q3 after losing control of his car entering turn seven, meaning he would start sprint race in ninth
  • Dropped two places at start of sprint race after contact with Gasly at the start
  • Overtook Albon, Bottas and Schumacher to secure eighth on the grid
  • Gained one place at the start of grand prix by virtue of Perez being sent spinning at turn four
  • Lost a place to Schumacher after mistake at turn one on lap four, but gained it back ten laps later
  • Overtook Magnussen into turn four for fourth place, then passed by Verstappen who had recently pitted
  • Brought into the pits on lap 28 for hard tyres, resuming in fifth place and immediately passing Ocon
  • Received a black-and-white warning flag from stewards for exceeding track limits three times
  • Ran in fourth during middle stint, too fast for Ocon behind but unable to gain on leaders ahead
  • Pitted a second time on lap 51 for a second set of hards, retaining fourth place
  • Inherited third place when Sainz retired
  • Ran a lonely final stint, taking the final spot on the podium over 40 seconds behind winner Leclerc
George Russell, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Russell recovered from a penalty and wing change to fourth

George Russell – 6

Qualified: 4th (+5 places ahead of team mate)
-7.720s faster than team mate in Q3 (crashed)
Sprint race: 4th (+4 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 4th (+1 place behind team mate)

  • Fortunate to hold onto fourth place in qualifying after crashing out of Q3 at the final corner
  • Held fourth off the line in the sprint race but fell back gradually from leaders to take fourth on grand prix grid
  • Got alongside Sainz off the line but could not take place after Sainz used the run off to stay ahead
  • Came under pressure from Perez and clipped the Red Bull just after the apex of turn four, earning a five second time penalty
  • Lost around a second a lap to leaders ahead after complaining of damage to his front wing in collision
  • Brought in at end of lap 11 for a new front wing, hard tyres and to serve penalty, losing over 20 seconds
  • Rejoined in 19th place and passed Latifi, Bottas, Gasly, Albon and Ricciardo as he recovered up the order
  • Pitted for a second set of hard tyres on lap 40, falling to 14th
  • Overtook Zhou, Stroll, Schumacher and then Alonso to move up into sixth place
  • Stayed out under the Virtual Safety Car before passing Ocon for fourth place after race resumed
  • Pulled ten seconds on Ocon in final ten laps to cross the line in fourth, nearly a minute behind Leclerc

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Verstappen took pole and the sprint race win but lost on Sunday

Max Verstappen – 7

Qualified: Pole (+12 places ahead of team mate)
-1.084s faster than team mate in Q2
Sprint race: Winner (+4 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 2nd

  • Snatched pole position on final qualifying lap after being behind Ferraris entering the final corner
  • Fended off attack from Sainz at start of sprint race and maintained his lead out front to secure grand prix pole
  • Kept the lead of the line but struggled to pull away from Leclerc in pursuit
  • Lost the lead to a late lunge from Leclerc into turn four on lap 12
  • Pitted for hard tyres at end of lap 13 and quickly passed Schumacher and Hamilton
  • Slowly ate into Ferraris’ advantage and regained the lead when they pitted
  • Was caught and passed by Leclerc into turn three after complaining of poor traction from his tyres
  • Pitted a second time for hards on lap 36, rejoining in clear air in third
  • Began catching Ferraris once again but at a slower rate than his second stint
  • Inherited the lead a second time when Leclerc and Sainz pitted but quickly had Leclerc in his mirrors
  • Lost the lead for a third time on track on the run to turn four on lap 53
  • Pitted for mediums under Virtual Safety Car but was covered by Leclerc
  • Could not catch Leclerc in final laps despite the Ferrari’s throttle problem, settling for second place

Sergio Perez – 5

Qualified: 13th (-12 places behind team mate)
-1.084s faster than team mate in Q2
Sprint race: 5th (-4 places behind team mate)
Finished: Retired (Damage – L25)

  • Erroneously progressed through to Q3 after setting quickest Q2 lap outside of track limits
  • Had all Q3 times and fastest Q2 time deleted after investigation, leaving him 13th on grid for sprint race
  • Gained five places on the opening lap of the sprint race, then passed Schumacher, Magnussen and Ocon to secure fifth
  • Held fourth off the line but came under pressure from Russell at turn three
  • Contact from Russell at turn four sent him spinning into the gravel, dropping him to the very back
  • Pitted at end of opening lap with puncture, switching to hard tyres
  • Ran around in last place for over 20 laps, falling a lap behind
  • Shown a black-and-white warning flag for exceeding track limits three times
  • Brought in to retire on lap 25 after reporting car was “undriveable”

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Carlos Sainz Jnr – 7

Qualified: 3rd (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.053s slower than team mate in Q3
Sprint race: 3rd (-1 place behind team mate)
Finished: Retired (Power unit – L57)

  • Missed out on a front row start by half a tenth
  • Passed team mate for second at start of sprint race before losing the place at turn four
  • Fought back at Leclerc for second but was repelled, eventually retaining third on the grand prix grid
  • Held third on the opening lap after fending off Russell by running off the track at turn one
  • Kept within reach of his team mate through the opening laps before inheriting second when Verstappen pitted
  • Stayed a few seconds from Leclerc until pitting on lap 27 for hard tyres
  • Got within DRS range of Verstappen until Red Bull pitted on lap 36
  • Received a black-and-white warning flag from stewards for exceeding track limits three times
  • Maintained gap of around five seconds to leader Leclerc but had begun catching before Leclerc stopped on lap 49
  • Pitted for a second set of hards on lap 50 and exited the pit lane seven seconds from Verstappen
  • Quickly caught the back of Verstappen after Leclerc had passed him
  • Was within DRS range on lap 57 when his power unit erupted into flames approaching turn four, forcing him out
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, and Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Leclerc won by passing Verstappen three separate times

Charles Leclerc – 8

Qualified: 2nd (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.053s faster than team mate in Q3
Sprint race: 2nd (+1 place ahead of team mate)
Finished: Winner

  • Just missed out on pole after being unable to get his tyres in the optimum tyre window
  • Lost second place to Sainz off the line in the sprint race before taking the place back at turn four
  • Battled with Sainz but fended off his team mate to take second on the grid for the grand prix
  • Kept second on the opening lap but did not allow Verstappen out of his DRS range in the early laps
  • Pressured Verstappen for multiple laps until diving past at turn four to take the lead on lap 12
  • Paced himself on mediums until switching to hards on lap 26, resuming behind Verstappen
  • Quickly caught Verstappen to retake the lead up the inside of turn three on lap 33
  • Maintained a strong pace and pitted a second time for hards on lap 49, coming out behind Verstappen once more
  • Used a switchback move out of turn three to pass Verstappen for the lead a third time on lap 53
  • Pitted under Virtual Safety Car for mediums and retained the lead, but reported a sticking throttle at restart
  • Drove around throttle problems to maintain advantage over Verstappen and claim first win since April

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Lando Norris – 6

Qualified: 15th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.283s quicker than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 11th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
Finished: 7th (+2 places ahead of team mate)

  • Easily progressed through to Q2 before a braking problem left him unable to set a representative lap time
  • Gained three places at the sprint race start, then passed Albon to claim tenth on the grid for grand prix
  • Lost one place on the opening lap to Ricciardo, but reclaimed the position on lap five
  • Pitted for hard tyres on lap 14, rejoining just ahead of Ricciardo in 13th
  • Overtook Zhou and Alonso in multi-car battle on lap 24
  • Lost eighth place to Schumacher on lap 27
  • Warned with a black-and-white flag for exceeding track limits, then given five second time penalty at next stop
  • Overtook Magnussen for seventh before pitting for a second set of hards on lap 43, serving his penalty
  • Rejoined in 14th before passing Tsunoda, then gaining eighth when Sainz retired and Alonso pitted
  • Overtook Magnussen on lap 62 to take seventh, where he would finish less than five seconds behind Schumacher

Daniel Ricciardo – 5

Qualified: 16th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.283s slower than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 12th (-1 place behind team mate)
Finished: 9th (-2 places behind team mate)

  • Frustrated to have missed cut for Q2 by 0.030s
  • Gained a couple of places from sprint race melee, then passed Albon to claim 11th on the grid
  • Passed team mate Norris on the opening lap to take ninth, but lost it to his team mate on lap five
  • Pitted for hards on lap 12, falling to 14th behind Norris, who pitted a lap later
  • Lost a position to Schumacher, then later caught and passed by Russell
  • Pitted for a second time on lap 44, resuming a second behind Norris in 14th
  • Continued to run behind team mate, eventually finishing ninth, almost five seconds behind Magnussen

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Alonso overcame multiple setbacks to snatch tenth

Fernando Alonso – 7

Qualified: 8th (-3 places behind team mate)
+0.377s slower than team mate in Q3
Sprint race: Did not start
Finished: 10th (-5 places behind team mate)

  • Disappointed to only qualify eighth fastest after picking up floor damage on first Q3 run
  • Could not take the sprint race start as ECU failed prior to formation lap, condemning him to 19th on the grid
  • Started on hard tyres, gaining only one position on the opening lap from Perez spinning ahead
  • Overtook Vettel for 17th on lap two, then gained places when cars ahead began pitting
  • Caught Zhou and passed him into turn one on lap 24, but then lost two places to Magnussen and Norris
  • Pitted for mediums at the end of lap 27, falling to 18th
  • Passed Latifi, Tsunoda and Stroll, moving ahead of rivals as they pitted until gaining fifth when team mate Ocon stopped
  • Told to let Ocon by and allowed him through into fifth on run to turn four
  • Pitted under Virtual Safety Car and rejoined in ninth, but immediately called to pit again with left-front wheel problem
  • Returned to the pits as VSC ended, exiting down in 14th place
  • Was one of the fastest cars on track after race resumed, overtaking Stroll, Gasly and Albon to move into 11th
  • Caught tenth-placed Bottas in closing laps, diving up the inside of turn three on the final lap to claim the final point

Esteban Ocon – 7

Qualified: 5th (+3 places ahead of team mate)
-0.377s faster than team mate in Q3
Sprint race: 6th
Finished: 5th (+5 places ahead of team mate)

  • Took ‘best of the rest’ qualifying position of fifth for sprint race
  • Held fifth in sprint race until being passed by recovering Perez, taking sixth on the grid for the grand prix
  • Kept position at the start, gaining a place when Perez was spun into the gravel in front of him
  • Pressured damaged Russell but could not find a way by until the Mercedes pitted
  • Stopped for hards on lap 16, rejoining in tenth position
  • Overtook Vettel, Zhou and Tsunoda before gaining fourth place when Hamilton pitted
  • Lost position to Hamilton after being reminded his fight was with the Haas drivers
  • Ran a few seconds ahead of Schumacher and Magnussen before pitting a second time at the end of lap 44
  • Rejoined behind team mate Alonso, who was told to allow him through into fifth place on lap 52
  • Gained fourth when Sainz retired, then passed by Russell after Virtual Safety Car, eventually finishing fifth

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Penalties made Gasly’s Sunday one to forget

Pierre Gasly – 4

Qualified: 10th (+4 places ahead of team mate)
-0.691s quicker than team mate in Q2
Sprint race: 15th (+2 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 15th (+1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Unfairly denied a Q3 appearance after Perez’s illegal Q2 time failed to be deleted by stewards
  • Sent spinning at start of sprint race after contact with Hamilton dropped him to 18th
  • Passed Latifi, then gained 15th when team mate was asked to let him by, ultimately finishing there
  • Started grand prix from 14th on hard tyres, beating Zhou off the line
  • Ran 12th before pitting for hard tyres on lap 11, resuming in 17th
  • Used fresh tyres to pass Bottas for 16th, then lost a place after being caught by Russell
  • Shown black-and-white flag for track limits on lap 24, then handed a five second penalty for fourth infraction
  • Hit Vettel at turn four while battling over 12th on lap 39, handed another five-second time penalty for being “wholly responsible”
  • Pitted at end of lap 40 for hards, dropping him to 18th
  • Overtaken by Alonso, Stroll and Zhou after the Virtual Safety Car to eventually finish 15th

Yuki Tsunoda – 4

Qualified: 14th (-4 places behind team mate)
+0.691s slower than team mate in Q2
Sprint race: 17th (-2 places behind team mate)
Finished: 16th (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Slow prep lap in Q2 left him with cold tyres for final qualifying attempt, leading to mistake and 14th on sprint race grid
  • Lost positions to McLarens at sprint race start, then overtaken by Latifi
  • Repassed Latifi, then asked to move over for team mate Gasly, unintentionally allowing Zhou through too
  • Held 16th position on the opening lap of grand prix on hard tyres, then passed Zhou on lap two
  • Gradually gained places from cars ahead pitting until doing so himself on lap 26, switching to mediums
  • Passed Latifi for 16th, then lost it to Alonso
  • Gained places from rivals pitting before being passed by Norris for 12th and then pitting for hards on lap 46
  • Lost places to Zhou and Vettel in the final stint, eventually taking the chequered flag in 16th
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Contact in both races ruined Vettel’s weekend

Sebastian Vettel – 5

Qualified: 20th (-3 places behind team mate)
+0.236s slower than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 19th (-6 places behind team mate)
Finished: 17th (-4 places behind team mate)

  • Last in qualifying after having final Q1 lap deleted for exceeding track limits
  • Used soft tyres for the sprint race, gaining four places through opening lap melee
  • Dropped to back of field after clash with Albon at turn six was deemed racing incident, meaning he would start 18th on Sunday
  • Started grand prix on hards, gained one place over Latifi at the start but lost places after hitting debris
  • Passed by Alonso, then ran in 18th until drivers ahead pitted, moving as high as ninth
  • Overtaken by Ocon, then immediately pitted for mediums at the end of lap 20, dropping to 19th
  • Earned a black-and-white flag for exceeding track limits
  • Passed Latifi, then Bottas, before contact with Gasly dropped him down to 18th
  • Pitted for another set of mediums on lap 44, then fell last on the road after being passed by Zhou
  • Ran at the back of the field before passing Tsunoda in the closing laps, crossing the line in 16th
  • Demoted to 17th and last after five second time penalty for fourth track limits infraction on penultimate lap

Lance Stroll – 5

Qualified: 17th (+3 places ahead of team mate)
-0.236s quicker than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 13th (+6 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 13th (+4 places ahead of team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q1, admitting he just did not have more pace
  • Used softs in sprint race but lost position to team mate Vettel at start
  • Gained a place when Vettel and Albon collided, eventually taking 12th on the grid
  • Held position on the opening lap, then ran behind McLarens in early laps
  • Ran long opening stint on mediums, eventually pitting on lap 30 for hard tyres and falling to 15th
  • Lost a place to Russell, than battled with Schumacher, eventually losing places to both Haas before pitting again on lap 48 for mediums
  • Passed by Alonso for 13th after the Virtual Safety Car, before passing Gasly to move back into 13th before the finish

Nicholas Latifi – 5

Qualified: 19th (-8 places behind team mate)
+0.487s slower than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 18th (-2 places behind team mate)
Finished: Retired (Floor damage – L48)

  • Used older, heavier-spec Williams for weekend
  • Eliminated in Q1 in 19th position
  • Used softs in sprint race to get ahead of Tsunoda but then lost three places to take 17th on the grid
  • Lost one place to Vettel at the start but regained it when Vettel hit debris
  • Pitted for hards one lap later than his team mate on lap 12, then passed by Russell
  • Reported floor damage from debris and running over a kerb, affecting balance
  • Loss of pace led to being overtaken by Vettel, Alonso, Tsunoda and Zhou, dropping to the back of the field
  • Called into retirement to save power unit at end of lap 48
Alexander Albon, Williams, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Williams still only has one example of its upgraded car

Alexander Albon – 5

Qualified: 11th (+8 places ahead of team mate)
-0.487s quicker than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 16th (+2 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 12th

  • Had sole benefit of upgraded Williams for second consecutive weekend
  • Pleased with qualifying effort to line up 11th on the grid for the sprint race
  • Used softs in sprint race but lost two places to the McLarens, then clashed with Vettel at turn six
  • Fell to 15th on grid after time penalty for forcing Norris off the track
  • Gained one place over Zhou on opening lap, then pitted early for hards on lap 11, falling to 17th
  • Slowly made way up the field as cars ahead pitted, but lost a place to recovering Russell
  • Pitted for a second set of hards on lap 41, dropping to 14th
  • Ran behind McLarens, gaining tenth when Alonso pitted under Virtual Safety Car
  • Overtaken by Bottas, then Alonso in final laps to finish in 12th

Valtteri Bottas – 6

Qualified: 12th (+6 places ahead of team mate)
-0.459s quicker than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 10th (+4 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 11th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Breached power unit restrictions, dooming him to start grand prix from back of the grid
  • Comfortably reached Q2 before securing 12th on grid for sprint race
  • Ran ninth in sprint race before being passed by Hamilton, finishing tenth
  • Started grand prix from pit lane after changing parts under parc ferme, gaining one place from Perez’s spin
  • Used medium tyres for first six laps before pitting for hards
  • Overtook Gasly and gained places as rivals ahead pitted
  • Pitted for a second set of hards on lap 39, rejoining second-to-last
  • Picked up places as cars ahead pitted again, before passing Albon for tenth on lap 64
  • Came under pressure from Alonso, losing the final point on the final lap at turn three

Zhou Guanyu – 5

Qualified: 18th (-6 places behind team mate)
+0.459s slower than team mate in Q1
Sprint race: 14th (-4 places behind team mate)
Finished: 14th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Frustrated to be eliminated from Q1 in 18th after struggling to get his tyres working
  • Forced to start sprint race from the pit lane after car switched off at end of formation lap
  • Passed Latifi, Tsunoda and Gasly on way to claim 13th on the grid for the grand prix
  • Started on hard tyres and lost one place to Albon off the line, then passed by Tsunoda on lap two
  • Pitted for a second set of hards on lap 24 after losing four positions in three corners
  • Earned a black-and-white flag for exceeding track limits, then hit by five second time penalty for fourth infraction
  • Passed Latifi and Tsunoda but overtaken by Magnussen before pitting from 12th for mediums on lap 46
  • Overtook Vettel, then Tsunoda for a third time, before passing Gasly in closing laps to finish 14th
Mick Schumacher, Haas, Red Bull Ring, 2022
Schumacher enjoyed his best ever finish in F1

Mick Schumacher – 7

Qualified: 7th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.132s slower than team mate in Q3
Sprint race: 9th (-2 places behind team mate)
Finished: 6th (+2 places ahead of team mate)

  • Secured second Q3 appearance of the season to line up seventh for sprint race
  • Lost two places to Perez and Hamilton in sprint race, unhappy with team for not telling team mate to give him DRS
  • Gained one place on the opening lap thanks to Perez’s spin
  • Took advantage of Hamilton mistake at turn one to take seventh on lap four, but lost the place at turn seven on lap 14
  • Pitted for hards on lap 16, falling to 14th
  • Passed Zhou, Alonso and Norris, then slipped by team mate Magnussen for sixth on lap 32
  • Pitted for second set of hards on lap 43, rejoining right behind Russell
  • Held up battling with out-of-sequence Stroll but eventually passed on lap 47
  • Moved up to sixth after Sainz retired, staying there to secure career best finish ahead of team mate

Kevin Magnussen – 7

Qualified: 6th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.132s quicker than team mate in Q3
Sprint race: 7th (+2 places ahead of team mate)
Finished: 8th (-2 places behind team mate)

  • Qualified sixth but felt he had left more lap time on the table
  • Kept ahead of team mate in sprint race despite Schumacher insisting he was faster
  • Battled with Ocon and then dropped one place to Perez to take seventh on the grid
  • Battled Ocon over opening lap but remained behind, gaining one place from Perez spinning
  • Pitted for hards on lap 15, then overtook both Zhou and Alonso into turn one in the same manoeuvre
  • Developed an engine misfire that impacted his car at low revs for the rest of the race
  • Overtook Tsunoda around the outside of turn four but lost sixth to team mate out of turn eight
  • Pitted for a second set of hards on lap 41, rejoining 13th
  • Ran in seventh during Virtual Safety Car but lost a place to Norris after race resumed, finishing eighth

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27 comments on “2022 Austrian Grand Prix driver ratings”

  1. Most impressed: LEC, OCO, MSC, & SAI.
    Most disappointing: RUS, GAS, & TSU.

    1. Sainz jr should have gotten a 10.

  2. YTD average based on @WillWood‘s ratings:
    Max Verstappen: 7.3
    Charles Leclerc: 7.1
    Fernando Alonso: 6.5 ↑
    Lando Norris: 6.5
    George Russell: 6.4 ↓
    Sergio Perez: 6.1 ↓
    Lewis Hamilton: 6.0 ↑
    Valtteri Bottas: 5.9 ↓
    Kevin Magnussen: 5.6 ↑
    Pierre Gasly: 5.5 ↓
    Esteban Ocon: 5.5
    Carlos Sainz Jnr: 5.5 ↑
    Alexander Albon: 5.4
    Sebastian Vettel: 5.3
    Nico Hulkenberg: 5.0
    Zhou Guanyu: 5.0 ↑
    Yuki Tsunoda: 4.8 ↓
    Mick Schumacher: 4.5 ↑
    Lance Stroll: 4.5
    Daniel Ricciardo: 4.5
    Nicholas Latifi: 4.0 ↑
    (arrow denotes trend of most recent three races compared to season)

    1. At the end of the season anyone with a 5.0 or lower should be moved to F2. The top of the F2 then gets promoted to these vacant seats in F1.

      1. And you are going to pay for that …….? losing drives in the world of contracts is IMPOSSIBLE. It’s not a team sport when you get demoted you have to play in a lower class.
        If the last team would demote that team is going to bankrupt and the new team proably too..

    2. Good work, jff. I tend to scroll down to read your YTD summary comment first.

  3. I don’t mind seeing more 8’s (very good performance) to differentiate the good performers a bit more.
    I would have given Mick & Max (certainly for the weekend) this rating as well.

  4. I don’t know how Russell’s 6 is justified considering how other drivers have been rated. Crashed in qualifying, couldn’t keep up with the Ferraris and the Red Bulls in the sprint race and then crashed again in the race.

    I think he was quite lucky with both of the crashes given that Hamilton and Perez suffered more from similar crashes. Recovering to be the last driver of the three top teams isn’t a great achievement considering how much more race pace those three teams have than the other teams.

    Similar performance from any other driver would be a 3 or 4.

  5. Verstappen 7 with pole, sprint win, flap while obliterating teammate in clear 2nd best car and Leclerc 8 winning without pressure by anyone in that rocket?

    1. Well make the comparison to Max in Imola where he had pole, won sprint race and won main race scoring just an 8.
      In Austria Max did everything possible, no mistakes made on his side, just higher tyre degradation as expected. Still scored pole, sprint win, 2nd place and FLAP in 2nd fastest car – should for sure have been an 8.

    2. @cobray @jelle-van-der-meer

      Agreed, I like Will’s rating system but sometimes I’m left a bit confused. How do you say Verstappen wasn’t equally as good as Leclerc this weekend? They both executed flawlessly.. The only thing I can think of (and I’m ok with this) is that Verstappen’s performance was less memorable.. i.e. in the context of historically great performances Leclerc’s would stand out because of the three overtakes required (albeit with a massive speed advantage). I tend to rate my favorite movies the same way, did they leave an impression? Would you remember them in a few years time? If that’s the criteria I can understand these ratings.

    3. Yeah that 7 for Verstappen should probably be an 8, my guess is that the sprint race is not being taken into account for these scores.

      Also 6 for Lewis? He crashed it in the qualify – badly. He then failed to find his way through at the sprint, getting P8 for a car that should have been P6 at least. In the race he made a mistake and let Mick through whom he failed to pass for many laps compromising his race. P3 was the minimum for the pace of the car, given that Russel – Perez crashed and Sainz retired. Even with the crash and changing a wing, Russel was only 15secs behind him at the end.

      More like a 4 for me.

    4. These scores are not based on prestaties but something else which is vague. a driver can score only a 8 as maximum if you has pole and win now Max had pole and a win and gets a 7 … your stats sucks here.. according your rules it should be a 8 not a 7.

  6. The ratings are still a bit hit & miss or not really explained fully. Max scores 7 without any mention of why there was one point deducted vs Leclerc. Max got pole, won sprint, had perfect starts both times and kept it clean vs Leclerc, on a car that had higher deg and what looked like slower cornering speed or top speed.

    Could he have done more? I’m not sure he could, he drove absolutely amazing given the resources available to him.

  7. How Hamilton got 6 and Verstappen 7 ?
    He crashed in qualy, then in race made a very costly mistake with Schumacher.

    Verstappen got pole, won the sprint and did not made any relevant mistake in race…

    1. 7 is greater than 6?

  8. I actually agree with the ratings this time, possibly for the first time. Some of the other commenters are saying that Verstappen should have gotten an 8, but I don’t agree – his race pace on Sunday was not amazing, and should the driver not take some of the blame for that?

    1. Depends. If the lack of pace is due to driving errors, then yes. If you’re driving in a car worthy of fifth place and get it to second, then no. If VER committed drving errors, I didn’t see them. The Ferrari’s blew just past him.

    2. his race pace was good his problem was the tyres didn’t acted as expected so Max should have a 8 with your rules.

      1. @macleod, well they are not ‘my rules’, but if 8 is the highest score that has been given to any driver over this entire season, then I don’t see how Verstappen’s weekend merits an 8. You say his race pace was good, but race pace is all about keeping the tyres in a good state, so you can continue to do good lap times for a long stint. However, he effectively burned through his first set of tyres in little over 10 laps. Sure, managing the tyres is much easier on some cars than others, but I don’t understand how people calling for 8 an can completely absolve Verstappen from any responsibility regarding the state of his tyres.
        Furthermore, I didn’t see anything special about Verstappen’s weekend. Sure, he put it on pole (just), but in my opinion he also had the fastest car over a single lap. Finally, in the race, he was overtaken by Leclerc on the same set of tyres, and would have finished third if Sainz’s engine had not blown up.

        1. Just a note there was a issue with the Tyres normaly Red Bull is very good with his tyres (beter then Ferrari) so something was happening here which is not know (to us) yet.

          You said nothing special this weekend so it’s normal to get pole and the sprint win. While Charles just breesed past Max with his DRS get a 8 and didn’t do anything special also Ferrari had the fastest car on racing pace you could see the numbers on Peter Winsor vlog where Max was faster the 1-2 laps and charles matches Max the rest but you check the last 2 laps Charles was faster.

          Sainz didn’t finish the race so we can’t judge him or because his engine was blownup a 1?

          No Max deserved a 8 if you give Charles a 8 too (Charles should win the sprint too he was faster)

          1. The second time Charles breezed past, but the first time he put a nice move on Verstappen at the inside of turn 4. Not sure what lap time comparison you are talking about, but for the first stint, Max made a very early pit stop, whereas Ferrari could keep going for another 10-15 laps. I think it’s too easy to say ‘there was something strange with the tyres’, and not even consider the possibility that Max could also have done a better job managing them.

            As for pole and sprint race win, that’s certainly worth something, hence the 7 Verstappen gets, compared to other drivers who are also (possibly) getting the best out of their cars, but not having a front-running car, but are rewarded with a 6 for their efforts (for example Norris, in this race).

        2. @adrianmorse

          in my opinion he also had the fastest car over a single lap

          28 hundredths while his teammate was 4 tenths off with a certain Sainz less than a tenth away.

          I mean sure, we can also consider if Latifi is the best driver of all time in Formula 1. All opinions are welcome even baseless ones.

  9. I think I agree with people saying verstappen should’ve got an 8 too, it feels like the red bull’s degradation was not up to par with ferrari this race, let’s not forget he outqualified both ferraris by half a tenth and 1 tenth respectively, as in it feels like he got the most out of it, for the rest I think I agree with these ratings, for example 6 to mercedes drivers given they made mistakes but recovered well (which can be a bit expected with their car) or 8 to leclerc who did everything right or the 7 to alonso and schumacher who both had great weekends in the midfield, alonso having to deal with problems not of his own making.

  10. Leclerc overtaking Verstappen thrice, then managing an issue at the end yet winning. He’s an 8.

    Verstappen, severely outpaced due to an inability to keep his tyres alive. He’s a 7.

    It does not make sense to me. Based on what the cars should be capable of, Leclerc fully optimised the race in every way. Verstappen surely did not.

    1. +1 The Ferrari is a rocket but 1 of them literally blew up during the race. LEC had the issue with the pedal which forced him to change the way he was shifting, braking, and accelerating.

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