2022 Canadian Grand Prix driver ratings

2022 Canadian Grand Prix

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The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve threw all conditions at the drivers during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Who best rose to the challenge? Here’s the RaceFans verdict on the field.

Lewis Hamilton – 7

Qualified: 4th (+4 places ahead of team mate)
-0.666s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: 3rd (+1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Tested more experimental set ups in practice, described car on Friday as “disaster”
  • Secured season-best grid position of fourth after staying on intermediates
  • Held fourth at the start, running there until pitting for hards under first Virtual Safety Car
  • Passed Alonso for third place, but slowly began dropping back in second stint
  • Pitted for a second set of hards on lap 44, losing one place to Russell and gaining back a lap later
  • Could not challenge leaders after Safety Car restart but was quicker than team mate
  • Crossed the line in third to claim first podium since Bahrain

George Russell – 6

Qualified: 8th (-4 places behind team mate)
+0.666s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: 4th (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Faster than team mate in all three practice sessions
  • Opted for a higher-downforce set up expecting less grip on Sunday after rain
  • Took gamble on slicks in Q3 but spun at turn two in still wet conditions, falling to eighth on grid
  • Gained one place from Schumacher on opening lap
  • Overtook Ocon to take sixth on lap three, then passed Magnussen for fifth two laps later
  • Stayed out under first VSC to run fourth, before pitting for hards a lap before second VSC to rejoin 11 seconds behind team mate
  • Gradually began catching Hamilton at end of second stint, pitting at end of lap 45
  • Pulled away from Ocon behind after SC restart but dropped back to finish five seconds adrift in fourth

Max Verstappen – 8

Verstappen contained the threatening Sainz
Qualified: Pole (+12 places ahead of team mate)
-9.381s quicker than team mate in Q2
Finished: Winner

  • Fastest across both Friday sessions
  • Quickest in all three phases of wet qualifying session to claim pole position
  • Convincingly beat Alonso in sprint to turn one to hold the lead at the start
  • Pulled around a three second gap to Sainz before pitting under first VSC, rejoining third on hards
  • Drove by Alonso for second with DRS, then regained lead when Sainz pitted under second VSC
  • Nine second lead slowly eroded in second stint until pitting for hards again on lap 43
  • Regained lead of the race when Sainz pitted under Safety Car but lost driver-to-pit radio
  • Absorbed consistent pressure for 15 laps from Sainz after restart to claim sixth win of the season

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Sergio Perez – 4

Qualified: 13th (-12 places behind team mate)
+9.381s slower than team mate in Q2
Finished: Retired (Hydraulics – L8)

  • Behind team mate in both Friday practices
  • More than 1.5s slower than team mate in wet Q1 before crashing out of Q2 at turn three to start 13th
  • Gained two places at the start to run 11th in early laps behind Zhou
  • Moved to tenth when Magnussen was forced to pit at end of lap six
  • Slowed to a stop having suffered a hydraulics failure, ending his race

Carlos Sainz Jnr – 7

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
Error on final Q3 lap cost Sainz
Qualified: 3rd (+12 places ahead of team mate)
-0.227s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 2nd (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Regularly in the top three in practice and qualifying
  • Claimed he lost half a second with final corner mistake on last Q3 lap after taking third on grid
  • Held third at the start behind Alonso
  • Overtook Alonso for second after DRS enabled on lap three
  • Stayed out during first VSC and led before pitting for hards under second VSC on lap 20
  • Slowly chipped away at Verstappen out front over second stint with fresher tyres
  • Led again after Verstappen’s second stop and took advantage of Safety Car to pit for second set of hards
  • Tried to pressure Verstappen for lead after restart but could not get close enough to try and pass
  • Finished second, less than a second behind the winner

Charles Leclerc – 7

Qualified: 15th (-12 places behind team mate)
+0.227s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 5th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Improved set up between first and second practice to end Friday second quickest
  • Forced to start from back row of the grid after Ferrari strategically took new power unit
  • Progressed into Q2 before calling a day on his qualifying
  • Overtook Latifi on opening lap, then Gasly and Stroll over next two laps
  • Continued to gain positions as cars ahead pitted, eventually rising as high as sixth
  • Slow stop cost him around three seconds, putting him behind Ricciardo and Tsunoda
  • Passed Ricciardo, Tsunoda and Zhou, then gained seventh with Bottas pitting under Safety Car
  • Passed both Alpines after restart to finish fifth at the chequered flag

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Lando Norris – 5

Lando Norris, McLaren, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
Luck was not on Norris’s side
Qualified: 14th (-5 places behind team mate)
+0.430s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 15th (-4 places behind team mate)

  • Slightly limited for running on Friday after mechanical problems
  • Only just reached Q2 but was eliminated after power unit problems prevented him setting a time
  • Started 14th and kept his position at the start
  • Gained two places from Perez retiring and Magnussen having to pit for repairs
  • Lost a place to Leclerc, then pitted under second VSC, but McLaren mix up dropped him last
  • Passed Latifi but struggled to get by Albon
  • Picked up a five-second time penalty for pit lane speeding
  • Fell to 17th after second stop, which became 16th with Tsunoda’s crash
  • Gained 15th passing struggling Magnussen, tried to pass Gasly in closing laps but could not

Daniel Ricciardo – 5

Qualified: 9th (+5 places ahead of team mate)
-0.430s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 11th (+4 places ahead of team mate)

  • Squeezed into Q3 to take ninth on grid, but said he might have left two tenths on the table
  • Held ninth place off the line but was passed by Zhou on lap four
  • Did not pit under first VSC and remained ninth until pitting under second VSC
  • Stuck at back of DRS train in middle stint but eventually passed Tsunoda for 11th
  • Pitted for hards under Safety Car and passed Vettel with DRS on lap 57
  • Overtaken by Stroll on lap 63, which would ultimately cost him the final point

Fernando Alonso – 8

A virtuoso performance in qualifying put Alonso on the front row
Qualified: 2nd (+5 places ahead of team mate)
-1.585s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: 9th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Ahead of team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Topped wet third practice after running top five in both Friday sessions
  • Secured front row start with final Q3 effort after ending each qualifying phase in second place
  • Did not get as good a start as Verstappen, but held onto second place
  • Passed by Sainz after DRS enabled on lap three
  • Stayed out under first VSC, being passed by Verstappen who pitted
  • Did not pit under second VSC, passed by Sainz and Hamilton
  • Possible ERS problem around lap 20 cost him straight line speed for rest of race
  • Eventually pitted for hards on lap 28, dropping him to seventh
  • Pitted under Safety Car for mediums, but was passed by Leclerc for seventh on lap 58
  • Held off constant pressure from Bottas in closing laps but penalty for weaving dropped him to ninth

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Esteban Ocon – 5

Qualified: 7th (-5 places behind team mate)
+1.585s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: 6th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Behind team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Reached Q3 but was five grid places behind team mate in seventh
  • Gained one place over Schumacher on opening lap before being passed by Russell to fall back to seventh
  • Stayed out under first VSC and was passed by Hamilton on fresh tyres
  • Ran sixth before pitting under second VSC, passing Bottas after race resumed
  • Gained fifth when team mate eventually pitted, then had Leclerc on old tyres behind over 15 laps
  • Pitted under Safety Car for mediums, retaining fifth
  • Dropped to sixth after being passed by Leclerc at restart, eventually finishing there

Pierre Gasly – 4

Qualified: 16th (+4 places ahead of team mate)
-2.083s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 14th

  • Ahead of team mate in every practice session
  • Received fine for pit lane speeding in first practice
  • Reprimanded for failing to stay to left of chicane bollard in second practice
  • Admitted he was “not feeling great in the car” on Friday
  • Suffered a brake issue in qualifying that saw him eliminated from Q1 in 16th
  • Reprimanded for failing to stay to left of bollard at turn nine in qualifying
  • Lost two positions on opening lap, then passed by Leclerc on lap two
  • Pitted for hards on lap five, dropping to last
  • Moved up to 13th before being passed by Vettel
  • Pitted a second time for hards on lap 36, rejoining ahead of only Latifi
  • Passed Magnussen after Safety Car to take 14th, then held off Norris to finish there

Yuki Tsunoda – 3

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
Tsunoda ended his day in a barrier
Qualified: 20th (-4 places behind team mate)
+2.083s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: Retired (Crash – L48)

  • Behind team mate in every practice session
  • Multiple power unit penalties doomed him to the back of the grid
  • Received fine for pit lane speeding on reconnaissance lap
  • Gained one position on opening lap
  • Pitted under first VSC for hard tyres, rejoining 15th
  • Jumped to 11th after rivals ahead pitted under second VSC
  • Spent 21 laps in DRS range of Zhou but could not get by
  • Passed by Leclerc and Ricciardo before pitting on lap 47
  • Crashed out leaving the pit lane, running straight into the barriers at pit exit

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Sebastian Vettel – 5

Qualified: 17th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-1.02s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 12th (-2 places behind team mate)

  • Reprimanded for failing to stay to left of chicane bollard in second practice
  • Ran in top ten through all three practice sessions
  • Eliminated in Q1 after mystifying loss of balance from third practice
  • Gained one place over Gasly at start to run 15th
  • Pitted for hards to find clear air on lap five before pitting again under second VSC
  • Raced in 14th before passing Gasly for 13th
  • Jumped to ninth after rivals pitted under Safety Car
  • Struggled to keep cars behind on old tyres, losing places to Zhou, Ricciardo and Stroll
  • Crossed the line in 12th under pressure from Albon

Lance Stroll – 6

(L to R): Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo; Lance Stroll, Aston Martin; Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
After Q1 exit, Stroll salvaged a point
Qualified: 18th (-1 place behind team mate)
+1.02s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 10th (+2 places ahead of team mate)

  • Reprimanded for failing to stay to left of chicane bollard in second practice
  • Eliminated in Q1 behind team mate to line up 17th on grid
  • Gained one place over Gasly on opening lap, passed by Leclerc on lap three
  • Started on hards and stayed out under both VSCs to move up to ninth
  • Headed DRS train of four cars, but did not allow Zhou to overtake him for 20 laps
  • Finally pitted just before Safety Car was deployed on lap 47
  • Restarted 13th, was waved past his team mate and used his fresh mediums to pass Magnussen and Ricciardo for the final point

Nicholas Latifi – 4

Qualified: 19th (-7 places behind team mate)
+1.613s slower than team mate in Q1
Finished: 16th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Behind team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Could not avoid hitting a groundhog in third practice which limited running
  • Eliminated slowest of drivers to set representative times in Q1 to line up 18th
  • Lost two places on opening lap to run in last place
  • Pitted for hards under first VSC, rejoining ahead of Magnussen
  • Overtaken by Magnussen, then Norris to fall to rear of the field
  • Ran at the back before passing Magnussen on very old tyres after restart to finish 16th

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Alexander Albon – 6

Alex Albon, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
As usual Albon was the quicker of the Williams drivers
Qualified: 12th (+7 places ahead of team mate)
-1.613s quicker than team mate in Q1
Finished: 13th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Ahead of team mate in every practice and qualifying session
  • Reached Q2 but hit barrier at turn six, managing to recover back to pits and take 12th on the grid
  • Held 12th at the start on medium tyres, staying out under first VSC
  • Pitted for hards one lap before second VSC, costing him time to rivals around him
  • Got stuck behind Magnussen, unable to pass him for 28 laps
  • Pitted just before Safety Car to line up 15th at restart
  • Overtook Gasly and Magnussen on lap 57
  • Finished 13th, less than a second behind Vettel

Valtteri Bottas – 5

Qualified: 11th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.672s slower than team mate in Q2
Finished: 7th (+1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Failed to set a time in second practice after electronics issue prevented running
  • Eliminated in 11th in Q2 after being first over the line on drying track
  • Started on hards but dropped two places on opening lap after missing chicane
  • Shown black-and-white warning flag for hitting chicane bollard while rejoining the circuit
  • Overtook Albon for tenth and stayed out under second VSC, moving to sixth
  • Overtaken by Leclerc then ran eighth, gaining a place when Leclerc pitted
  • Finally switched to mediums under Safety Car to line up eighth at restart
  • Pressured Alonso in closing laps but could not find way by – in part due to the Alpine weaving
  • Finished eighth on road but gained seventh after Alonso’s penalty

Zhou Guanyu – 6

Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
Q3 and points on a solid weekend for Zhou
Qualified: 10th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.672s quicker than team mate in Q2
Finished: 8th (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Reprimanded for failing to stay to left of chicane bollard in qualifying
  • Reached Q3 for first time in his career to secure tenth on grid
  • Held tenth at the start before passing Ricciardo for ninth on lap four
  • Stayed out under first VSC, then pitted for hards under second to fall to tenth
  • Spent more than 20 laps within DRS range of Stroll but could not overtake
  • Pitted a second time under Safety Car to line up tenth for restart
  • Passed Vettel after DRS activated following restart to take ninth
  • Finished ninth on the road but promoted to eighth with Alonso’s penalty to claim first points since debut

Mick Schumacher – 6

Qualified: 6th (-1 place behind team mate)
+0.396s slower than team mate in Q3
Finished: Retired (Hydraulics – Lap 19)

  • Comfortably reached Q3 to secure career-best sixth on grid behind team mate
  • Lost two places at the start to run eighth in early laps
  • Stayed out under VSC to run seventh under pressure from Zhou
  • Suddenly forced to pull out of race at turn nine with hydraulics failure

Kevin Magnussen – 6

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
Magnussen felt black-and-orange flag was unnecessary
Qualified: 5th (+1 place ahead of team mate)
-0.396s quicker than team mate in Q3
Finished: 17th

  • Got through to Q3 before taking best grid position of the season with fifth
  • Held fifth at start but minor contact with Hamilton into turn three caused front wing endplate damage
  • Forced by race control to replace front wing on lap seven, dropping him to last
  • Used hard tyres to overtake Latifi for 18th
  • Ran ahead of Albon, resisting sustained pressure from the Williams
  • Stayed out under Safety Car to sit 12th for restart on very old tyres
  • Overtaken by Stroll, Albon, Gasly and Norris in quick succession
  • Passed by Latifi and continued to fade to finish last on the track in 17th

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49 comments on “2022 Canadian Grand Prix driver ratings”

  1. Max Verstappen 8…

    Yeah…no.

    Seems like only a Fangio German GP type drive will earn you a 9, which is the max score. 10 is impossible.

    1. Yeah, I had expected a 9 for Max here. Throughout that qualifying session no matter what the time was other drivers in were able to do, Max put it a second ahead of that time every time. That kind of dominance over the entire field should be better rewarded than “just” an 8, to be honest.

      1. I am maybe biased because I missed most of the runup to the race @sjaakfoo, but to me reading that it is more Perez missing in action while Verstappen used his great car to good effect (while Leclerc wasn’t going for fast times as he knew he’d be starting in the back any way, and Sainz not quite on their level), so for me Verstappen was his usual very good self, but I don’t crave a 9 for this weekend.

        But again, I might have missed some of his heroics, and I definitely agree that the general lack of differentiation is hindering a good view of how the drivers have been doing (though even so Verstappen is ahead, with Leclerc just behind, which I suppose at least for those two shows it works out not too badly?).

      2. Every week all the comments are begging for a revised rating system…. please, listen to your readers……

        1. You cannot change a rating system mid-season.
          And I’m sure as soon as it’s changed, others (or the same) will complain.

        2. Except I didn’t mention nor ask for a different rating system.

          I just disagree with the 8 because I think in Will’s rating system, given that Max gave an outstanding performance that schooled the entire field on Saturday, he should have been given a 9.

        3. I like the rating system because it is so different to all the rest, although I also would have given Verstappen a 9 using this rating. Will is also going to write a ’10s of history’ article in the future which will be extremely interesting.

          1. For the record I agree with the 8 under this not-so-perfect rating system, but as even 9 seem like a myth, before writing a list of 10s I’d like to see a list of 9, or both together!

    2. I also agree that Will could’ve been a bit more generous with the 9’s this season (also for Leclerc earlier in the season).
      Not just to appreciate their performance, but also to leave some differentiation room between the 7’s (solid performance), 8’s (great performance) and 9’s (stand out).

    3. Agree!!

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

    Max Verstappen: 7.3
    Charles Leclerc: 7.1
    George Russell: 6.6
    Lando Norris: 6.4
    Fernando Alonso: 6.3 ↑
    Valtteri Bottas: 6.1 ↓
    Sergio Perez: 6.1
    Lewis Hamilton: 5.9
    Pierre Gasly: 5.7 ↑
    Alexander Albon: 5.6 ↓
    Kevin Magnussen: 5.4
    Sebastian Vettel: 5.4 ↑
    Esteban Ocon: 5.3
    Yuki Tsunoda: 5.1 ↓
    Carlos Sainz Jnr: 5.1 ↑
    Nico Hulkenberg: 5.0
    Zhou Guanyu: 4.9
    Daniel Ricciardo: 4.7
    Lance Stroll: 4.4
    Mick Schumacher: 3.9
    Nicholas Latifi: 3.7

    1. Something seems off when Sainz and Tsunoda are tied, and Carlos only .1 ahead of Hulkenberg.

      1. True but apart from that it’s a pretty good summary of the season so far.

    2. Sorry to say but this reflects Sainz performance this year. He is on the same level as Tsunoda. The Hulk is not representive because he only has one race. The average list is a nice overview of this year performance off all the drivers.

  3. I don’t really see Alonso, who lost himself a couple of places in the end, after being frustrated by an engine issue and bad strategy, at the same level as Verstappen this weekend; I also wonder why Hamilton is a point behind him despite no mistakes (I suppose the assumption is Russell might have been able to take 4th ahead of him, but he well didn’t); Verstappen at least made a good job of holding off Sainz (pole when the others that could were not showing up isn’t as big a deal to me), so fair enough for him being ahead.

    I also wonder at what really got Bottas a 5; I do agree Zhou was a bit stronger over the weekend (but on the wrong side of luck with the (V)SC’s), however Bottas really didn’t do much wrong, as even his lack of overtaking seemed to be mirrored by Zhou, ie. more in the car than driver. And Stroll imo did a strong race, but I suppose he’s losing out for being behind Vettel in quali too? Which also sort of gets us to Ocon’s 5 I guess, though IMO in the end, he quietly did a more solid race, where the points are given, than ALO up to helping his teammate hold on to that spot ALO then squandered himself.

    I am not really a fan of this rating system I think.

    1. I can’t see any justification for awarding maximum points to a driver who earned license points for his behavior on track.

  4. Alonso rated the best/second best driver of the weekend… Yes, his qualifying was incredible and I’d give him a 10 for qualifying performance. But no points are awarded in qualifying. He was slow on Sunday and finished three places behind his team mate because of an unnecessary penalty. The strategy did him no favors, but nevertheless his performance in the race was only decent.

    1. you seem to forget he suffered a engine problem during the race..

      1. The effect that had on laptime can only be speculated on. I would have him on a nine for qualifying probably falling to 8 for his start and lack of any fight against Sainz. And he probably maintained that through most of the race but maybe losing a bit (not a full point) for not advising his team to bring him in for one of the VSCs. Then he falls to a low 6 for weaving which is unsporting and dangerous which ultimately cost himself 2 places (without weaving he would have lost one place) Moaning about Ocon being too slow wasn’t a great look when Ocon was being asked to give him DRS… But that’s not worthy of costing anyone points

    2. He’s been entirely let down by the strategy, and then by his car. He drove really well but baffling decisions to stay out destroyed his race, and his car finished it. I would have put a 7 though, because of the weaving, but it is essentially a lost 3rd or 4th, not by his doing imo.

  5. I think Yuki had a great weekend he made only 1 mistake but that is worth a 3? And the worst driver get a 4…. right i don’t understand the scores.

    1. Oh I don’t know @macleod. From the description above it does sound like a bit of a disastrous weekend. He qualified 2+ secs behind his team mate, he received a fine and he crashed under no pressure. I did not pay close attention to him other than reading this but it sounds like it deserves a 3.

      1. @phil-f1-21 – I am most thought i was wrong but looking at the lap times Yuki was way ahead of Gasly (and had a good chance to pip Lance for that point if he didn’t forgot his steeringwheel) So my memory isn’t that bad.
        Ofcourse Gasly was ahead in qualify as Yuki took new engine components and didn’t drove only 1 lap in Q1 but in the race he pass Gasly (and more) as he had a beter pace.

        So 1 mistake gives him a 3 i think we should revalilate some past races to adjust their scores into a 3.

        1. Yes. Fair points. He has had some good races.

  6. The drivers who impressed me the most over the last weekend were VER, SAI, & HAM, while the biggest disappointment was MAG. I give slack for ALO, VET, GAS, NOR, & PER over some out-of-their-control factors.

  7. These statistics are a lot more useful than the nonsense spewed out by the SkySports commentator.

    1. Even if Will gave an 11/10 then it would be more useful ;)

      1. Ahah, the “gazzetta dello sport”, a pink colour newspaper in italy, gave schumacher an 11\10 at his last ferrari race, brazil 2006!

  8. I’m sorry, what did Bottas do to justify a 5? He missed vast chunks of free practice, got (narrowly) outqualified by Zhou (I deduct a mark for that) and then put together a massive stint on the hards from the start to bag very solid points, ahead of his teammate. This was a 7/10 race at the very least.

  9. 5 for vettel? you really should stop doing these ratings. vettel was faster than his teammate whole weekend. not his fault that aston martin made a rookie mistake with tire pressures in q1, terrible race strategy was also not on him. come on, stroll was still on his first stint, when vettel was already right behind him – after doing two (!) pit stops! stroll was destroyed this weekend

  10. Even Edd Straw from the Race gave Max his first ever 10 score – of course here at F1Fanatic.co.UK has to be punished.

    No idea what Max should/could have done more than he did, not making a single mistake all weekend, absolutely flying in wet qualifying lapping far quicker continuously than everyone else. In the race he had a very good start and after back luck with final Safety Car he withstood pressure from Sainz in a by their own admission a faster Ferrari.

    1. Not sure if you’re aware cause I don’t always check who comments what, that 8 is given for a perfect weekend here, you need very special circumstances to get even 9, so verstappen was perfect, was an ordinary race, and 8 is to be expected.

    2. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      21st June 2022, 17:39

      It has been explained so many times before that these ratings are based on how good people have been in the past. Verstappen’s drive yesterday in my view wasn’t one that would go down in history. If a solid race like he had gets a 10, then amazing, stunning, or almost unbelievable performances won’t be able to get a higher score. I preferred the star performer and struggler ratings though. But it was explained how these were judged at the start of the season, as well as repeated numerous times my people who comment on posters who don’t accept that there haven’t been any higher than 8 this year. I do however think it is ridiculous for alonso to get an 8 when he did a multiple changes of direction when defending bottas when it is already against the rules for doing it more than once. That alone should have brought alonso from a 8 to a 6 IMO.

  11. Must say that I am not sure I get the rating either. Alonso an 8? Sure, it was a great feeling of hope he might spring a surprise for a second, but it really was mostly down to timing of his run. Got it wrong a few times before, leaving it too late, this time they hit the sweet spot.

    Bottas, Zhou really weren’t that bad. And what did Norris do, apart from having his engine fail and having a really horrible pitstop to earn a 5? What am I missing? Sure the McLarens were not a great car, and the team messed up the pitstops too. But if we are rating the drivers, then the rating should at least try and take the car out of it.

    Which also begs the question of why both AM drivers need to be rated this bad. Yes, their team admitted it got the tyre pressures completely wrong so they did not have pace. But in the end Stroll did make a pretty decent effort to get through the field.

    Well, I guess we do get some nice exchanges between people about the ratings, so that works. But I would hope they get a rethink for the future. I like summing up the important moments. But it also leaves out a lot of context to them. And the number value seems to be rather pointless to me.

  12. I fail to see why Lewis gets 7 and Russell 6.
    Or why Sainz gets 7 with making a mistake in qualifying and Russell gets a 6 with a gamble that backfired in qualifying, but that he made up in the race.
    Did any of these 3 drivers do anything out of the ordinary (positive or negative) or put their car in a place where it doesn’t below in the race?
    With Perez out and Leclerc starting last, they finished in the order you’d expect them to.

    1. Agreed, Russell performed better but went for pole with a daring choice and is punished for it.
      So (Verstappen a 9 and) Russell a 7 at least.

      1. Surely this can’t be the best performance of any driver this year by verstappen? There were plenty of perfect races that got 8, why does this deserve 9?

  13. Latifi and Bottas with similar ratings? Hm no…

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  14. These ratings continue to be hilarious.

    Alonso an 8 for *checks notes* beating his teammate in practice and qualifying.

    Ocon a 5 for *studies notes again* beating his teammate in the race lolllll.

  15. I think the most glaring issue here is that hamilton didn’t get an 8, isn’t it unfair also in relation to other races this year, where he got 7 with significantly worse performances to now give him 7 with a perfect weekend? I agree with the 8 on verstappen, can also understand the one to alonso since it wasn’t his fault the race got ruined and leclerc’s 7 is also fair imo.

    1. Quite a few 7’s of Lewis were too high, and here it was kind of spot on!

  16. I like this rating, it’s not just about the results but mainly about the performance and the circumstances. Good work.

  17. Don’t agree with the Alonso rating, second time this year he’s cost his team points with poor/unsporting driving.

    1. It doesn´t matter what Alonso does, he is always seen as the Master Yoda of F1. If he smash a Fiat 600 on a lamppost he will still receive a 7 or an 8 for his mastery at the wheel.
      This season he has a car that’s very quick on straight line, and managed a brillian lap in wet conditions to grab first row in qualy. During the race, he was nowhere, and in the end he was rightly punished for his antics.

  18. I would rate the weekend of George at least as good as that of Lewis. The gamble didn’t pay off, but didn’t cost him too dearly too. Showed a great strength of character after the quali going wrong, and he was very unlucky with the pit strategy vs the VSC/SC. Lewis was very lucky with his cutting off of KMag, could’ve ended his tire. He was a bit in front, and squeezed KMag very close to the dirt before the corner, and closed the door a bit right after the corner. Fault for contact lies with KMag completely, but with a flat there, you’re the one that loses most
    KMag score is too high, IMHO: Marginally quicker than teammate in Q3, should’ve braked sooner to avoid the front wing damage and after that had a so-so / bad race.

    1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      22nd June 2022, 7:41

      I think Russell’s race looked better than it was because of the safety car and Alonso’s issues. If Alonso hadn’t had his issues, he will have been fighting with Hamilton and had there been no safety car, Russell would likely have nearly been 15 seconds off Hamilton. It should also be noted that Russell fell 5 seconds behind hamilton pretty quickly even after the safety car allowed him to catch right up. Russell’s pace simply wasn’t close to hamilton on race day, and qualifying is what likely would have made him finish more than 1 place behind Hamilton if not for Alonso’s issues.

      I don’t understand how you don’t think crashing in qualifying due to your own mistake and qualifying 5 positions behind your team mate and then being slower in the race doesn’t justify a lower rating.

  19. Gwanyoo Joe’s performance was decent. might just stick around for a few years, but I would not have rated him and Bottas the same for this race. Also kinda hard on Schumacher considering his best qualifying performance yet and ending the race for not fault of his own.
    As far as teams go I’d probably say Mercedes was the best overall. Their strategists have been pulling the weight for the rest of the team

    1. How has Mercedes strategy been making a difference in this race?
      They comfortably have the 3rd best car, so when Perez has a DNF and Leclerc starts from the back, being 3rd and 4th seems par for the course to me? No screwups, but nothing outstanding either.

      1. Simply by not screwing it up like most teams last weekend.

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