Our judges have given their verdict after Max Verstappen’s victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. He made the top 10, but who else impressed? Here are the Montreal scores.
How does it work
Our panel of five judges assess each driver after each Grand Prix and score them out of 10 based on their performance over the weekend, removing machinery from the equation.
Our expert scores are then averaged to produce a race score, and those scores are then counted throughout the season in our overall Power Rankings leaderboard (at the bottom of the page)
Verstappen put in a good, well, more than good, display from pole position to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Dutchman dominated the wet conditions on Saturday, qualifying more than six-tenths ahead of the next best driver, Alonso, and led more than 50 laps en route to his first victory in Montreal. No wonder our judges were so impressed, as was his Red Bull team manager…
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Hamilton was second in the Power Rankings having finished third in the race. The seven-time champion qualified an impressive fourth behind Sainz and finished third after Perez’s retirement. The judges also gave the podium winner from Mercedes a slightly higher score than the runner-up from Ferrari. Team principal Wolff, however, vowed not to get carried away by Hamilton’s P3 final…
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Sainz was impressive on Sunday. Yes, he was outqualified by Alonso and nine tenths behind Verstappen on Saturday, but the Ferrari driver made no mistake on race day and gave it his all to wrest the lead from Verstappen. Those efforts were in vain, but Sainz still impressed our judges and took third place 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 benefiting from the Safety Car but scoring higher in this week’s Power Rankings.
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Back in the top five for Russell, the Mercedes driver has continued his run with P4s at the finish line in Canada. Russell, however, was a humble P8 in qualifying, drifting as the gamble on running slicks didn’t pay off in the rain. A late pit stop prevented Russell from contending for the final podium spot, but the judges gave him a high score.
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Alonso’s P2 in qualifying got Alpine dreaming, but the two-time champion couldn’t keep it up on Sunday, falling behind the faster cars and then losing because he was out of sync with the Virtual Safety Cars. A five-second penalty dropped Alonso from seventh to ninth in the timesheets, but he retained fifth place in this week’s standings.
Bottas failed to make it to Q3 on Saturday, but from 11th on the grid he started on hard compounds, a long first stage that helped him stop behind the Safety Car and jump past team-mate Zhou fpr P7. He was also seventh in this week’s standings, and Sunday’s pace made up for a slightly disappointing Saturday.
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The looming specter of grid penalties meant Leclerc sat out of 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 managed to recover to fifth place, taking Driver of the Day honors and eighth in our Power Rankings.
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Not quite on the level of P2-qualified Alonso, Ocon still claimed P7 on the grid and finished a better place on Sunday. The Frenchman finished behind Leclerc, having held him off for numerous laps, but beat Alonso to P6 thanks to a stop under the Safety Car. He kept Bottas at bay for a couple of seconds to score some more useful points for Alpine, as he Alonso received a post-race penalty.
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The last of the finalists on Sunday, Magnussen posted an impressive P5 qualifying in the wet on Saturday. The Haas driver dueled with Hamilton on lap 1 and damaged his front wing, was ordered to pit for a slow nose change and was unable to recover from the back of the pack. The judges perhaps considered the Dane unlucky and were definitely impressed by his performance in qualifying as they put him in the top 10 this week.
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Magnussen’s teammate, Mick Schumacher, scored exactly the same in Canada. The German qualified sixth on Saturday but his Sunday ended early due to a mechanical problem. Lando Norris was the next driver in our Power Rankings, finishing just barely adrift of Schumacher.