Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Baku Street Circuit, 2022

2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 driver ratings

2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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The Baku City Circuit is one of the most challenging venues on the Formula 1 calendar that punishes mistakes and rewards commitment and accuracy through its tight turns and high speed sweepers.

After a difficult weekend in Monaco where many drivers did not enjoy spotless performances, there were many impressive performances on display in Azerbaijan last weekend.

Here are the RaceFans driver ratings for the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Baku Street Circuit, 2022
Hamilton endured a painful weekend

Lewis Hamilton – 7

Qualified: 7th (-2 places behind team mate)
+0.212s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: 4th (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Ran experimental settings on Friday that “didn’t feel great”
  • Used experimental floor from Saturday that caused major discomfort in the car
  • Cleared by stewards of driving “unnecessarily slowly” in Q2
  • Had frustrating time trying to find a tow, qualifying seventh behind Gasly
  • Held onto seventh at the start but came under pressure from Vettel
  • Pitted under first Virtual Safety Car for hards but lost position to Vettel
  • Gained tenth when Vettel ran off at turn three, then passed Ocon for ninth on lap 18
  • Overtook Ricciardo for fifth, before pitting under second VSC for another set of hards, rejoining sixth
  • Used fresh tyres to pass Tsunoda for fifth, then chased down and passed Gasly to secure fourth place finish
  • Described driving as “most painful race I’ve experienced”

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Race start, Baku Street Circuit, 2022
Poll: Vote for your 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

George Russell – 7

Qualified: 5th (+2 places ahead of team mate)
-0.212s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: 3rd (+1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Qualified “best of the rest” in fifth
  • Held fifth at the start and fell slightly away from Sainz ahead until the Ferrari retired
  • Pitted for hards under Virtual Safety Car, keeping fourth place as race resumed
  • Inherited third place when Leclerc retired, pulling away from Gasly behind but dropping back from Perez
  • Pitted for a second set of hards during second VSC, retaining third
  • Ran a lonely final stint to complete the podium, 46 seconds behind Verstappen at the chequered flag
  • Described Mercedes’ bottoming out during race as “pretty brutal”
Verstappen never looked back after passing his team mate

Max Verstappen – 7

Qualified: 3rd (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.065s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: Winner (-1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Behind team mate in each practice session
  • Third in every practice session before securing third on the grid in Q3
  • Held onto third at the start
  • Began pressuring Leclerc for second until first Virtual Safety Car
  • Caught up to team mate after race resumed and took the lead on lap 15 after team told Perez not to fight
  • Pitted for hards on lap 18, losing lead to Leclerc, before gaining it back after Ferrari retired
  • Pulled away from team mate gradually in the lead before pitting for a second set of hards under VSC
  • Continued to pull away from Perez over final stint
  • Complained of a loose object in the cockpit in the closing laps
  • Claimed a comfortable victory by 20 seconds to extend championship lead

Sergio Perez – 7

Qualified: 2nd (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.065s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: 2nd (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Ahead of team mate in each practice session
  • Was either fastest or second-fastest in each practice and qualifying session
  • Could not beat Leclerc to pole but out-qualified team mate by half a tenth
  • Good start saw him pass Leclerc into the lead at turn one
  • Held a two second gap to Leclerc until Virtual Safety Car was deployed, just missing an opportunity to pit
  • Began losing pace quickly once race resumed, lost lead to team mate after being told not to fight him
  • Pitted for hards on lap 16, resuming in second
  • Gradually fell back from his team mate before pitting for a second set of hards during second VSC
  • Continued to fall back and finished second 20 seconds adrift of team mate at the chequered flag

Carlos Sainz Jnr – 5

Qualified: 4th (-3 places behind team mate)
+0.455s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: Retired (Hydraulics – L8)

  • Behind team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Sat on provisional pole but failed to improve on final Q3 lap after mistake at turn two, dropping to fourth
  • Held fourth at the start
  • Dropped half a second per lap to Verstappen and team mate ahead while trying to manage medium tyres
  • Pulled off into retirement at turn four on lap eight with hydraulics failure
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Baku City Circuit, 2022
Leclerc retired from the lead for a second time

Charles Leclerc – 7

Qualified: Pole (+3 places ahead of team mate)
-0.455s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: Retired (Power unit – L20)

  • Ahead of team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Took pole position by almost three tenths on final effort in Q3
  • Lost lead at the start after locking up into turn one
  • Absorbed pressure from Verstappen behind until pitting under VSC on lap eight
  • Switched to hard tyres and rejoined third despite slow stop
  • Immediately began catching Red Bulls on fresh tyres, claiming the lead after they both pitted
  • Held a 12 second advantage over Verstappen until power unit failure ended his race while leading

Lando Norris – 6

Qualified: 11th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.176s quicker than team mate in Q2
Finished: 9th (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Cleared by stewards of driving “unnecessarily slowly” in Q2
  • Eliminated in Q2 after a mistake in turn 15 and then could not improve on final effort
  • Started on medium tyres and held 11th at the start
  • Appeared to lack same pace as team mate behind but team orders kept him ahead
  • Stayed out under first VSC, moving up to sixth before pitting for hards on lap 20, falling to 16th
  • Passed Albon, Stroll and Bottas, then gained 11th after Magnussen retired and Ocon pitted under VSC
  • Was five seconds behind team mate when race resumed on lap 35
  • Got within two seconds of Ricciardo over final five laps but was told to stay behind, finishing ninth

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Daniel Ricciardo – 6

Qualified: 12th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.176s slower than team mate in Q2
Finished: 8th (+1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Behind team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Eliminated in Q2 just under two tenths slower than team mate
  • Started on hard tyres and held position on opening lap
  • Ran close to team mate in opening stint but given team orders to remain behind
  • Released when Norris eventually pitted on lap 20, but was later passed by first Gasly, then Hamilton
  • Made sole pit stop under second VSC rejoining in ninth place ahead of Norris
  • Gained eighth when Tsunoda was forced to pit
  • Caught up to Alonso but could not get close enough to attempt a pass
  • Was caught by Norris in final laps but benefited from same team orders keeping him ahead in eighth
Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Baku Street Circuit, 2022
Alonso held off the McLarens late on

Fernando Alonso – 7

Qualified: 10th (+3 places ahead of team mate)
-0.225s quicker than team mate in Q2
Finished: 7th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Secured passage to Q3 after suspiciously running off at turn 15 in final minute of Q2
  • Held onto tenth at the start but stayed out under first VSC when many ahead pitted
  • Ran in fifth until eventually making his only stop for hards on lap 18
  • Passed Magnussen and then team mate Ocon during second stint to move into ninth
  • Gained eighth when Ricciardo pitted under second VSC, then moved seventh when Tsunoda was forced to pit
  • Kept his distance ahead of Ricciardo to claim seventh at the finish

Esteban Ocon – 5

Qualified: 13th (-3 places behind team mate)
+0.225s slower than team mate in Q2
Finished: 10th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q2 after final flying lap was compromised by yellow flags for Norris in turn 15
  • Started on hard tyres and held position at the start
  • Ran 13th until first VSC, jumping to ninth by staying out
  • Absorbed pressure from Hamilton for five laps until eventually being passed
  • Overtaken by Tsunoda, Vettel and Alonso and was under pressure from Magnussen until the Haas pulled off
  • Made his only pit stop for mediums under second VSC, rejoining 11th
  • Inherited tenth when Tsunoda pitted late, crossing the line tenth, the last car on the lead lap

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Baku City Circuit, 2022
Gasly secured his best result of the season

Pierre Gasly – 8

Qualified: 6th (+2 places ahead of team mate)
-0.211s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: 5th (+8 places ahead of team mate)

  • Secured sixth on grid between two Mercedes after “best qualifying on the year”
  • Held position at the start until pitting for hards under first VSC, rejoining eighth
  • Moved back up through the field as rivals pitted ahead, passing Ricciardo on track for fourth
  • Ran in fourth over much of the final stint, unable to catch Russell ahead
  • Stayed out as cars around him pitted under second VSC due to lacking a second set of hard tyres
  • Fought valiantly to try and keep Hamilton behind but could not prevent the Mercedes passing
  • Finished fifth to secure best result of the season

Yuki Tsunoda – 7

Qualified: 8th (-2 places behind team mate)
+0.211s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: 13th (-8 places behind team mate)

  • Ran off at turn two in Q2 after touching barrier, but managed to squeeze into Q3 in tenth place
  • Secured eighth on the grid, two tenths off team mate in Q3
  • Lost one place on opening lap to Vettel into turn three
  • Ran ninth until pitting for hards under VSC, rejoining behind Hamilton in 12th
  • Caught Ocon before eventually passing him for seventh place
  • Stayed out under second VSC, gaining fifth, before being passed by Hamilton once race resumed
  • Suffered unusual DRS failure that led race control to command him to pit for repairs, dropping to 13th
  • Tried to recover ground on softs but crossed the line highly frustrated in 13th position
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, Baku Street Circuit, 2022
Vettel recovered from an off to take sixth

Sebastian Vettel – 7

Qualified: 9th (+10 places ahead of team mate)
-2.092s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 6th (+10 places ahead of team mate)

  • Progressed into Q3 despite hitting the barrier head on at turn 15 during first Q2 attempt
  • Secured ninth on the grid, half a tenth behind Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri
  • Jumped Tsunoda for eighth off the line but lost position into turn two, gaining it back into turn three
  • Pressured Hamilton for seventh before pitting for hards under VSC, jumping the Mercedes
  • Tried to pass Ocon around outside of turn three but had to take to escape road, losing two places
  • Caught up with Ocon before passing him to take eighth place
  • Stayed out under second VSC, gaining seventh from Ricciardo pitting
  • Inherited sixth when Tsunoda pitted, eventually finishing there

Lance Stroll – 3

Qualified: 19th (-10 places behind team mate)
+2.092s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 16th (-10 places behind team mate)

  • Scraped the wall at turn 15 in first practice, causing minor damage to front wing and brakes
  • Sent out in wrong engine mode in Q1, costing “six tenths per lap”
  • Hit barriers twice at end of Q1 ensuring back row start from 19th
  • Started on hards, gained two places on opening lap before being overtaken by Magnussen on lap two
  • Gained three positions staying out under first VSC but was soon passed by Zhou and Magnussen
  • Eventually pitted for mediums on lap 30 just before second VSC
  • Ran 14th until car developed vibration problem that led to his retirement

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Nicholas Latifi, Williams, Baku City Circuit, 2022
A stop-go penalty ruined Latifi’s race

Nicholas Latifi – 4

Qualified: 18th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.648s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 15th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Slower than team mate in every representative session
  • Lost 45 minutes of first practice after car shuddered to a halt with electrical problem in turn five
  • First Q1 run compromised by gear shift problem, then could not improve after red flag due to Alonso off
  • Struck by 10-second stop-go penalty for being pushed back on grid within 15 seconds of formation lap
  • Held 18th at the start before taking penalty at end of third lap, dropping him half a minute off Schumacher
  • Switched from mediums to hards on lap 16, hoping for Safety Car or red flag to catch the pack
  • Handed a five-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags while trying to give Gasly DRS on straight
  • Caught in a cycle of blue flags, finished last on the road

Alexander Albon – 6

Qualified: 17th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.648s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 12th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Ahead of team mate in every representative session
  • Damaged front right wheel in second practice by clipping turn 17 barrier
  • Felt he missed out on Q2 berth by missing a slipstream with mistake in turn 16
  • Started on mediums, passed Magnussen at the start, then overtook Bottas at end of first lap
  • Lost 15th place being passed by Magnussen before pitting for hard tyres under first VSC
  • Ran in 17th before cars ahead pitted, being overtaken by Norris to fall to 15th
  • Pitted a second time for hards a handful of laps before the second VSC, allowing rivals to gain time
  • Ran in 13th in final stint before gaining a place with Tsunoda’s last pit stop
  • Crossed the line in 12th and told to immediately stop the car after finishing

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Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo, Baku Street Circuit, 2022
Bottas said there was “something fundamentally wrong” in his car

Valtteri Bottas – 4

Qualified: 15th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.654s slower than team mate in Q2
Finished: 11th

  • Behind team mate in both qualifying phases contested
  • Lost final Q2 lap with Tsunoda causing yellow flag in turn two, eliminating him in 15th
  • Started on hard tyres and fell into anti-stall at turn two, but held position
  • Overtaken by Albon at the end of the opening lap, before being passed by Magnussen on lap three
  • Stayed out during first VSC, jumping to 13th, but passed by team mate, Magnussen and Alonso
  • Overtaken by Norris to drop to 13th before finally pitting for mediums under second VSC
  • Rejoined in 12th but gained one place with Tsunoda’s mechanical pit stop, finishing 11th
  • Believed there was “something fundamentally wrong with the car” over the weekend

Zhou Guanyu – 6

Qualified: 14th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
0.654s quicker than team mate in Q2
Finished: Retired (Hydraulics – L24)

  • Ahead of team mate in both qualifying phases contested
  • Final Q2 lap compromised by Tsunoda causing yellow flag in turn two, leaving him 14th on grid
  • Kept 14th on opening lap despite falling into anti-stall yet again at turn two
  • Pitted for hards under first VSC, rejoining 15th
  • Overtook Stroll and then team mate Bottas who had not pitted to move into 13th place
  • Was right behind Vettel and Ocon before team called him into retirement due to hydraulics problem
Mick Schumacher, Haas, Baku Street Circuit, 2022
Schumacher again lacked the pace of his team mate

Mick Schumacher – 4

Qualified: 20th (-4 places behind team mate)
+1.132s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 14th

  • Lost the entire first practice session after a major water system leak
  • First Q1 lap was slowest of all, second compromised by Stroll crash, then third by traffic, leaving him 20th
  • Did not gain any positions on the opening lap, inheriting 19th due to Latifi’s penalty
  • Switched from hards to mediums during first VSC but slowly fell back from cars ahead with rear tyre wear
  • Pitted on lap 23 for a second set of hards, rejoining still in 17th
  • Drove around on his own, gradually closing on Stroll before the Aston Martin’s retirement
  • Crossed the line 14th, nearly 40 seconds adrift of Tsunoda

Kevin Magnussen – 6

Qualified: 16th (+4 places ahead of team mate)
-1.132s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: Retired (Power Unit – L32)

  • First car eliminated in Q1 after being caught in post-red flag pit lane queue
  • Over a second quicker than team mate in qualifying
  • Lost two places on opening lap in the turn two squeeze, falling to 18th
  • Passed Stroll, Bottas and Albon to move up to 15th before pitting under VSC
  • Overtook Stroll and Bottas again over second stint, but lost tenth place to Alonso
  • Was pressuring Ocon for tenth before pulling off into retirement on lap 32 after losing power

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41 comments on “2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 driver ratings”

  1. YTD average based on @WillWood‘s ratings:

    Max Verstappen: 7.3 ↓
    Charles Leclerc: 7.1 ↑
    Lando Norris: 6.6 ↑
    George Russell: 6.6 ↑
    Sergio Perez: 6.4
    Valtteri Bottas: 6.3 ↓
    Fernando Alonso: 6.1 ↑
    Pierre Gasly: 5.9
    Lewis Hamilton: 5.8 ↑
    Alexander Albon: 5.5 ↓
    Sebastian Vettel: 5.5 ↑
    Kevin Magnussen: 5.4
    Yuki Tsunoda: 5.4
    Esteban Ocon: 5.4
    Nico Hulkenberg: 5.0
    Carlos Sainz Jnr: 4.9
    Zhou Guanyu: 4.8
    Daniel Ricciardo: 4.6
    Lance Stroll: 4.3 ↓
    Mick Schumacher: 3.6
    Nicholas Latifi: 3.6

    1. Race ranking should be to one decimal point aswell – then they would have some meaning. E.g. Russell 7.3, Hamilton 6.7 – instead of both 7.

    2. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
      14th June 2022, 13:49

      Russell has been better than that. He’s extracted everything out of that Merc this season and has 2/3 the points of Max somehow.

      1. I’m just the messenger ;)

  2. Lol, everyone just gets a 7… haha…

    Go off trying a overtake 7, beat your teammate in both the race and Qualy – 7 for both, have superior race pace to your teammate – 7 for both.

    Rating need to be out a bigger number – 100 or something so they can have meaning.

    1. I thought this. It’s give everyone a 7 week ;

      1. LOL I was also thinking, does Keith ever give a higher score then 7?

        1. @phil-f1-21 @lamalas – Gasly a 8 but i think that is the highest you can get with this system.

    2. I’d try to give both drivers within one team a different rating (i.e. rank’ them). Mostly it is quite easy to identify who performed better over the weekend.
      It should be an exception when both have the same rating (overall identical performance).

    3. Electroball76
      14th June 2022, 14:11

      Everyone gets a 7 for taking part and trying their best :-)

      1. Proper inclusive rating. Nobody is a loser and everyone is a winner. :)

    4. Same, or maybe add decimal, so it even with 10 its adds more meaning.

  3. Rather generous to Perez, I feel. Very generous to Vettel. I like having a review/summary for each driver but the ratings seem pretty arbitrary – I think I preferred the “stars” and “chumps” or whatever it was called in previous years. Just my £0.02.

    1. @frood19 How is it “very generous” to Vettel? His excursion means it wasn’t obviously a perfect race, but up until then he was running in front of Hamilton and ended up 6th with an Aston Martin. That’s a quite good performance as far as I’m concerned.

      1. totally agree. his weekend wasn’t faultless, but very well managed, and he finally delivered a perfect result for the team. 7 is a minimum not “very generous”

        1. Yeah, if not for the off I feel Vettel clearly would have deserved an 8 @warheart, @frood19 and David, especially compared to what his teammate was able to do. Vettel was in a race the whole weekend (and one might even say this showed by the error as the car wasn’t easy to do that in, though it’s also Vettel).

    2. I admit I don’t like these ratings, but mostly because I don’t agree with reserving 9 and 10 for exceptional performances and basically having a perfect race being rated 8, however I don’t think stars were better, you had cases like monaco 2021, which was a disaster by hamilton and not sufficient under any metric where he wasn’t rated a struggler, at least here he and everyone else get their deserved 4 when they have such a performance.

  4. The drivers who impressed me the most are VER (race), LEC (QLF), both Mercs (HAM race), GAS, & VET.
    The most disappointing ones are BOT, SAI, LAT, & STR.

  5. Yes I agree. I don’t like these ratings. They don’t seem to offer enough subtlety. Then I have never liked the idea that they are in theory relative to all F1 drivers in history. Just marking people out of 10 on the race or giving them stars would be better.

    Star ratings are often based on up to 5. But I know a system, from another interest where the performance of an item is rated on a scale of 1 to 7 stars. This seems to work really well.

    1. @phil-f1-21 yes, it would make sense if someone got 10/10 every time. Then we’re only rating performances in this grand prix alone, which makes way more sense.

  6. So many on a 7!

  7. I think that trying to rank the driver individual race performance while considering the historical context is only flawing the RaceFans ranking. Up to this championship stage is quite clear that the outstanding performances are too rare, and the scores range effectively between 2 and 8. Just consider this ranking, too many 7s for quite different driver performance only reflect that this ranking format is not giving a proper driver rank. I think that the published rankings so far only have strengthen the idea that it may be better to analyze few drive performances under a historical context at the end of every championship, while keeping the more traditional ranking during the year. I am quite happy that you tried to do this kind of ranking, but given the results, I think, it would be better to just comeback to the more traditional format asap.

    1. I agree Jamt.

      I really don’t think this ranking works (see my comment above). I understand the aim but it’s not really working in my opinion. But maybe it would be difficult to change the rules mid-season.

    2. Agree with the first part of what you said, but I personally would just extend the ratings by using 9 and 10 as well, don’t think stars were any better.

  8. Alonso went straight on in Q1 not Q2. He ended up having the pace for Q3 so the narrative that is built by the UK media is interest8ng. I know that F1 Fanatics sows the hate for views, but let’s not forget that Alonso is a real person. They all are. Hamilton doesn’t deserve the hate he gets but websites love a troll for the clicks. Clever, but sad.

  9. i read this often..

    Caught up to team mate after race resumed and took the lead on lap 15 after team told Perez not to fight

    But that is not what happened!
    He first passed Perez who received then the advice not to fight. Perez himself agreed wholeheartedly with this as his tires were dropping fast.
    Regarding the numbers.. giving Russell and Lewis the same points is a bid strange.
    And to many 7’s here..

    1. Yes, a bit too many 7 indeed, I was a bit surprised gasly was ranked the best, but can agree with that, he had a great race, leclerc obviously lost the 8 due to the start, verstappen due to quali, perez due to lacking pace, russell I don’t really get how he didn’t get 8, he maximised the car’s potential.

      1. On Russell, I’d say yes he maximized, but he didn’t do anything extra special either, had good fortune with the VSC and thus again podium falling into his lap, while Hamilton at least showed us a fighting race (though he had to, bc. he started an extra position further back and luck of the VSC & being behind but not too far put him back too); I guess @esploratore1 I’d have to go with the other people being amazed at the amount of 7s and expressing doubt about the rating range, which is shown up to lack resolution to give more nuanced ratings.

        1. What I find strange is that, even if he got lucky with virtual, usually when a driver maximises the car’s potential and makes no mistakes he gets 8, as you can see example from leclerc the last couple of races I think it was.

          But yes, with ratings effectively going from 2 to 8, there’s only 7 possible scores instead of 10, which naturally means you need a bigger difference in performances for them to get a different score, and this “massive amount of 7” is the result, I think it’s happened with 6s before as well.

  10. Is qualifying pace as equally important as race performance and final position in these ratings? I don’t understand how can Verstappen and Perez have the same rating, with one driver having much better race pace and gaining more positions? I don’t think they’ll be equally pleased with their performance (even though it’s probably just down to tire management, but still…), and I don’t think a better lap in practise sessions or even qualifying matters as much as what they all went there to do, score as many points as they can and possibly win a race. It’s so hard to rate drivers considering the different machinery and circumstances based on luck, or things that we don’t know, but everything seems too relative here and it doesn’t feel like we watch the same races every weekend.

  11. Would be nice to get some justification on the scores rather than simply of summary of what we all saw happen over the weekend. It’s the interpretation of events that is interesting and relevant, not simply listing the events themselves.

    Can’t see the logic in Lewis and Checo scoring the same as George and Max when they were both beaten comprehensively. Unless practice is judged to be just as important as the race and Lewis scores highly because of his back issues. Hard to fathom without an explanation.

    1. Yes, this is a thing the old rating articles did right, they explained the reasoning behind the ratings.

  12. Replying to this article:
    James Bond – 7

  13. Oh well it’s the first time that i disagree with the points really.
    All for 7 points? Max who did this great race and start is 7? Leclerc who did this incredible qualifying lap for 7? Also Russell who haven’t done a feet wrong and constantly finishes above Hamilton is 7 also?
    Max 8
    Leclerc – Perez 7
    Russell 6
    Hamilton 5.

    1. I don’t understand, I was agreeing with your comment till I saw the scores, how can verstappen get more than leclerc? They both had an underperformance over their weekend, leclerc’s start and verstappen’s quali, and then even more so, you said russell didn’t put a foot wrong and he gets 6? Why not 8? Hamilton 7 I found fair from these rankings.

      1. @esploratore1 well, I don’t necessarily agree, but the race is the most important part of the weekend, and the race result you might say is the only really important part of the weekend.
        And working towards that, Leclerc made an error (at the start) that compromised his race (until, well, it was REALLY compromised) while Max deployed some incredible pace without a single hiccup.

      2. I think Max left Quali to Perez and setup his car more to the race then quali that explains Perez faster grinding of his rears.

        But Leclerc a 7 he did a good quali but lost his place in turn 1 problem we saw to little of him during the race to give him a 8 which the engine fail prevented.

  14. Will this feature last the year? The numbers are just meaningless.

  15. So drivers like Magnussen and Albon that were punching above their weight gets a 6, but Hamilton gets a 7 for being worse than his teammate throughout the entire weekend and only delivered the least expected of him. The same score as his teammate that couldn’t do any better than what he actually did. Not to mention the same score as Vettel… Thats some scre#¤! bias.

  16. I followed the three practice sessions and the qualy from my go-to sofa, each one with a nice mug of coffee. During qualy, i was on top of the timing, following closely the drama and the strategies.
    On race day, i was again on my favourite sofa. I started with a strong coffee with a dash of milk, but took the chance of the VSC to stop at the kitchen and refilled with the same formula, but changed to a bigger mug. When leclerc’s car went up in smoke, I avoided any spilling, and finished the race very strong as I avoided the bottoming out with a last refill and a ginger biscuit.
    I give myself a 7.

  17. 8 Gasly Looked an for an excellent 4th but strategy left him powerless against Hamilton who was only marginally faster in normal conditions
    8 Verstappen Couldn’t pass Leclerc. Passed teammate for the lead and pulled out big gap. Battle with Leclerc could have interesting towards the end
    8 Leclerc Pole position but gave up lead to Perez at the start. Kept Verstappen behind and would have been on for a battle for the win with Verstappen before car failure
    7 Russell Solid but lonely race he could have been faster opr slower but it would have made no difference
    7 Zhou Excellent race until retirement, dominating teammate. Was right behind Vettel so 7th would have been possible.
    7 Alonso Good result to beat both McLarens and teammate
    7 Tsunoda Slightly off Gasly but would have been on for 6th without his rear wing problems
    7 Vettel Solid pace all weekend. Lost places trying to pass Ocon but he probably still would have finished 6th
    6 Perez Got a good start but unsusually for him struggled with tyre wear losing a lot of time to Verstappen. With no Ferraris left finished a comfortbale 2nd but did get fastest lap
    6 Hamilton Below par qualifying and race pace early on, but mistake from Vettel and poor strategy from Alpha Tauri gave him the chance to hunt down Gasly for 4th
    6 Albon Competitive race just lacked pace in the car to score points
    6 Magnussen Made solid progress in race after poor qualifying. Muh faster than Schumacher
    5 Ricciardo Seemed to have good pace in qualifying but as he ended up holding up Norris at the end, it felt like the McLaren was capable of a lot more than 8th and 9th place finishes
    5 Sainz Mistake in qualifying and then fell back from the leaders early on and then retired
    5 Norris Mistakes in qualifying and poor strategy left him struggling in the lower half of the field
    5 Ocon Defended well against cars on fresher tyres but was always some way off Alonso’s pace
    5 Bottas Struggled compared to Zhou all weekend but played the team game and did not hold up teammate on fresh tyres
    4 Stroll Nightmare qualifying and race pace well off Vettel’s. Not sure if race problems were a legacy of qualifying crashes
    4 Latifi Decent qualifying ahead of Stroll and Schumacher but slower than Albon and penalised for interfering with Gasly and Hamilton
    4 Schumacher Very slow all weekend but kept out of trouble

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