The final part of RaceFans’ mid-season driver rankings covers the very best performers in the 2023 season so far.
The penultimate part of RaceFans’ mid-season driver sees four drivers who were not quite enough to earn a place at the very top of the field.
The third part of RaceFans’ mid-season driver rankings covers drivers who have been impressive at times, but not as consistently as others.
Part two of our mid-season driver rankings features drivers who have not been as impressive as the majority of their peers.
The first part of RaceFans’ mid-season driver rankings for 2023. Today’s first part covers the year’s lowest-rated performers of the season so far.
Max Verstappen entered into his first ever world title defence with a target on his back. He ended the year a double champion and the undisputed best driver of the season.
Before the 2022 season began, McLaren signed Lando Norris to a three year extension. He spent every race weekend proving them right to do so.
Through the first two months of the 2022 season, Charles Leclerc was a genuine title contender. It was not his fault his challenge unravelled soon after.
Fernando Alonso stunned many by signing for Aston Martin. After his 2022 season, it’s easy to see why the team want the 41-year-old on board.
George Russell’s first season at the front was likely not what he expected. However, he impressed alongside his illustrious team mate and secured Mercedes’ only win.
Lewis Hamilton was determined to strike back after being denied the 2021 title. Instead he suffered his first ever winless season.
After 15 full seasons, Sebastian Vettel bowed out of Formula 1 in 2022. Despite a terrible start, he still showed why he is one of the very best this season.
Esteban Ocon was the definition of solid in 2022 – consistent, reliable and occasionally great. But he also had a few run-ins with his team mate.
Sergio Perez’s second season at Red Bull was more fruitful than his first, but he still regularly had no answer to his world champion team mate Max Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz Jnr earned a contract extension from Ferrari early in 2022, then made a myriad of mistakes. Fortunately, by year’s end, he’d done enough to win back his team’s confidence.
Valtteri Bottas left Mercedes and became a new man and driver in his first year at Alfa Romeo. A rich haul of early season points were vital as his car often let him down.
Kevin Magnussen was as surprised as anyone to see himself return to Formula 1 in 2022. He enjoyed some of his best moments of his career, but some frustrating ones also.
Alexander Albon returned to Formula 1 after a year’s absence in 2022 and quickly won over his new Williams team. But he also showed he is not yet the finished article.
Following his best season in Formula 1 in 2021, Pierre Gasly’s final year with AlphaTauri was more muted. He heads to Alpine with the risk of a ban hanging over him.
Lance Stroll’s sixth season in Formula 1 saw him produce some respectable performances but his season was marked by too many errors and questionable moves.