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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 1 F1 team power rankings: At least the rest of the field is set to be close

F1 power rankings are back and this time they're back for the first time after an actual race for 2024. Exciting right? Well, if you're a Red Bull fan yes! If not, it might be a different feeling right now.

But perhaps that's where it's more exciting when it comes to this column, because we get to really pinpoint where the form and order is across the 2024 season!

You know the drill, these are all subjective and based mainly on my (incredibly smart) opinion mixed with form and on-track results, meaning it is a generally subjective list that holds no real weight except for the large basis of fact I like to think I can generate.

So with that all in mind, let's get to it!

10. Alpine

Sacre bleu. That was the worst possible start for the team, who somehow went from getting two podiums in 2023, to barely looking like they’re capable of scoring a point in 2024. Something needs to change, and something fast.

9. Kick Sauber

For a large portion of the Bahrain Grand Prix it looked as though Zhou Guanyu could be a surprise points finisher. And while that didn’t happen, 11th for him was a very strong result off the back of some solid pace throughout the weekend. Positive signs for the team.

(Photo by Sauber Group)

8. Haas

Well they weren’t as horrible as they thought they would be, which is a massive positive. A great qualifying effort by Nico Hulkenberg and some solid race pace from Kevin Magnussen gives the team some hope.

7. Williams

Nudging them ahead of Haas given overall it looked solid for Williams, however they still have a bit of a second car issue with Logan Sargeant. Expect points to come soon.

6. RB

Definitely not as fast as people predicted, RB were busy facing their own internal squabbles to really worry themselves about where the so called pace went from pre-season. Enough there though to work on moving forward.

5. Aston Martin

Nowhere near a podium finish, the team still did get double points, albeit at the very back of the points. A great drive by Stroll to salvage an extra point was positive, although the team still remains buoyant that there is more to work from in 2024 than in 2023 when they were getting podiums at this point of the season. Perhaps the McLaren of 2024? Watch this space.

(Photo by Aston Martin)

4. McLaren

Speaking of McLaren, there wasn’t a whole lot that came from them this weekend. Norris was able to leapfrog a Mercedes to finish in sixth, while Piastri had a bit of an invisible weekend to finish eighth. Anything was going to be better than their start in 2023, so that’s a positive. However, the team has taken a bit of a step back from where it ended last season. Another team with plenty to work on.

3. Mercedes

Had it not been for some overheating issues from Russell and a battery issue with Hamilton, Mercedes would’ve been a lot closer to Ferrari. Once again that brings positives to the team who are desperate to find that old dominant form from the 2010s.

2. Ferrari

They were expected to be best of the rest, and they were best of the rest. A solid finish of third and fourth is about what was expected, however there was a sense of disappointment that second was achieved, particularly when it came from the brake issues suffered by Leclerc in the race. Still, 27 points is more than double what it had at this point last year.

1. Red Bull

Another 1-2 finish. Easy as you like. Well, okay, not so much given Perez started fifth and had to work his way up to the runner-up spot, but he did it, and we have the result we all expected. Next.

What do you think of this list? Which order would you currently rank the teams in? Let me know your thoughts below!


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