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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 14 F1 driver power rankings: Sainz shines

The analysis continues from the Italian Grand Prix with another power rankings to digest, this time from the drivers.

As per usual, the disclaimer. With any power rankings, these are subjective and based purely on opinion mixed with results.

Are these 100 per cent accurate? Inside my mind, yes! Outside of it, no. But it’s a nice way to spark some discussion, showcase some form and allow a conversation that brings F1 fans closer together – and maybe also further apart at the same time.

Fun, right? Always!

To make it extra interesting on the drivers front, rather than rank all 20 drivers on the grid, I have made it more streamlined and easier by simply bringing the top 10 drivers.

As always this means that some drivers drop out, and a couple have jumped in after my last rankings.

But enough chit chat, let’s get to it!

10. Oscar Piastri (-2)

Unlucky not to get points (thanks Lewis) but drove a solid, unspectacular weekend.

9. Lando Norris (-4)

See Oscar above, but obviously he didn’t get taken out by a Mercedes. He did nearly get taken out by his teammate, but didn’t.

8. George Russell (+2)

An invisible weekend for George. Solid points still in the bag for him and the team.

(Photo by PlanetF1)

7. Lewis Hamilton (-3)

Similar to George above, only with a bit more screen time for him due to his incident with Piastri.

6. Fernando Alonso (-3)

The car didn’t look great in Monza, but Alonso still got some points for the team.

5. Alex Albon (+3)

Another amazing weekend for Albon who is proving all those doubters (including me) wrong with his Williams form. Only a matter of time before the big teams come calling again.

4. Charles Leclerc (new)

As a Ferrari fan, watching him battle his teammate at the end was heart attack inducing. However I also weirdly applaud him for his tenacity to fight that hard for a third place on the podium in front of the adoring Tifosi. Entertaining, and a solid weekend for Charles on a rare weekend that he was beaten by his teammate.

(Photo by PlanetF1)

3. Carlos Sainz (+6)

I’ve constantly said all season that he is the “Mr Invisible” of 2023 but it was only a matter of time until he finally came into the light. An incredible weekend by Sainz that thoroughly deserves all the plaudits he got. Sad not to see him win, but a first podium this season was warranted.

2. Sergio Perez (-)

Sergio is doing everything he needs to right now. Recover from bad qualifying to find his way through the field to finish behind his teammate. And he did exactly that in Italy.

1. Max Verstappen (-)

Ten in a row. Incredible. One of the greatest achievements ever seen in Formula 1. And there will be more to come. Watch this space.

What do you think of these rankings? Do you agree with the positions? Let me know what you think in the comments below.


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