Our judges have given their verdict after Max Verstappen’s Grand Prix victory in Canada. He made the top 10, but who else impressed? Here are the scores from Montreal.
How it works
Our five-member panel of judges rates each driver after each Grand Prix and gives them a score of 10 based on their performance over the weekend – machines out of the equation
Our experts’ scores are then averaged to produce a race score – those scores are then added up throughout the season on our overall Power Rankings leaderboard (bottom of page)
Verstappen put in a fine – well, more than fine – display from pole position to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. The Dutchman mastered wet conditions on Saturday, qualifying more than six-tenths behind second-best driver Alonso, and led more than 50 laps en route to a maiden win in Montreal. No wonder our judges were so impressed, as was his Red Bull team principal…
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Hamilton took second in the Power Rankings after finishing third in the race. The seven-time champion qualified in an impressive fourth place behind Sainz and finished third after Perez’s retirement. The judges also gave Mercedes’ podium finisher a slightly higher score than Ferrari’s runner-up. However, team boss Wolff swore he wouldn’t get carried away by Hamilton’s P3 finish…
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Sainz was impressive on Sunday. Yes, he was knocked out by Alonso on Saturday and nine tenths behind Verstappen, but the Ferrari driver didn’t put a foot wrong on race day and gave everything to pry Verstappen’s lead off. Those efforts were in vain, but Sainz still impressed our judges and took third in this week’s standings.
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Another great performance from rookie Zhou this weekend. The Alfa Romeo driver reached Q3 with P10 in qualifying – ahead of teammate Bottas – and made up two places in the race. Zhou finished behind Bottas on Sunday, the Finn benefited from the Safety Car, but achieved a higher score in this week’s Power Rankings.
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Top five again for Russell, the Mercedes driver who has maintained his streak with P4 at the finish in Canada. However, Russell was a humble P8 in qualifying as a gamble on slicks didn’t pay off in the rain. A late pit stop prevented Russell from challenging for the final podium spot, but the judges scored him highly.
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Alonso’s P2 in qualifying got Alpine dreaming, but the two-time champion couldn’t quite hold it on Sunday, falling behind faster cars and then losing out because he was out of sync with the Virtual Safety Cars. A five-second penalty dropped Alonso from seventh to ninth on the timesheets, but retained fifth in this week’s standings.
Bottas couldn’t quite make it to Q3 on Saturday, but from 11th on the grid he started on hard compounds, a long first stint that helped him stop behind the Safety Car and let team-mate Zhou jump fpr P7. He also finished seventh in the standings this week, Sunday’s pace making up for a somewhat disappointing Saturday.
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The looming specter of grid penalties meant Leclerc sat out Q2 on Saturday and we couldn’t see what the Ferrari driver was capable of for the rest of qualifying. On Sunday he lost time in the pits and behind Alpine’s Ocon, but recovered to fifth place, taking Driver of the Day honors and eighth in our Power Rankings.
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Not quite at the level of P2 qualifying Alonso, Ocon still claimed P7 on the grid and finished one place better on Sunday. The Frenchman finished behind Leclerc after holding him up for many laps, but beat Alonso to P6 thanks to a stop under the Safety Car. He held Bottas away for a few seconds for more useful points for Alpine after Alonso was given a post-race penalty.
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Last of the finishers on Sunday, Magnussen drove a beautiful P5 qualifying in the rain on Saturday. The Haas driver dueled Hamilton on lap 1 and damaged his front wing, had to go back into the pits for a slow nose change and was unable to make up from the back of the pack. The judges may have found the Dane unhappy and were certainly impressed by his qualifying performance as they placed him in the top 10 this week.
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Magnussen’s teammate Mick Schumacher took exactly the same score in Canada. The German qualified sixth on Saturday, but his Sunday ended early thanks to a mechanical problem. Lando Norris was the next driver in our Power Rankings, finishing just adrift of Schumacher.