Round 15 F1 driver power rankings: The Sainz shine continues
An epic Singapore Grand Prix continues to get discussed as the latest edition of the driver power rankings is here.
That means disclaimer time. 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.
So with all that done, let’s get to it!
10. Pierre Gasly (new)
A great weekend for Gasly sees him score some more solid points for the team. Thoroughly deserved.
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9. Liam Lawson (new)
Incredible performance by the young Kiwi to get his first points in F1. Let’s just hope he doesn’t follow a recent trend of rookies scoring their first points by finishing ninth for future career prospects.
8. Oscar Piastri (+2)
Started 17th, finished seventh. An amazing drive by the Aussie. Imagine just how far up he could’ve been had quali gone better for him?
7. Sergio Perez (-5)
Oh vey. Sergio. I know the car wasn’t great this weekend, but Verstappen still managed to push it up to fifth, and very nearly fourth. Not a good weekend at all for the Mexican.
6. Lewis Hamilton (+1)
Another solid drive by Hamilton, albeit behind his teammate. A podium was still achieved though and he keeps up the title of Mr Consistency in 2023 alongside Mr Sainz.
5. George Russell (+3)
It was so close to an incredible drive that could’ve seen him take his second ever win, but it wasn’t to be. Still, incredibly fast all weekend and looked on it, which bodes well for the remaining rounds.
4. Lando Norris (+5)
Bravo Lando. Second place once again and within a sniff of your first ever victory. Some smart strategy by the guy in front of you definitely helped you out, but you got the memo. And thoroughly deserves a boost in the rankings this week.
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3. Charles Leclerc (+1)
While he didn’t quite match the pace of his teammate all weekend, it was still a very strong showing by Leclerc, who would’ve been on the podium had it not been for a ballsy move by Mercedes.
2. Carlos Sainz (+1)
An incredible performance by the ‘smooth operator’ to take his second ever F1 win. He has been so consistent all season, and this was a win that was very much due.
1. Max Verstappen (-)
Similar to what I wrote for Red Bull in the team rankings. Will take a lot to move him from number one. But that aside, drove a pretty great second half of the race to finish fifth, and so very nearly claim fourth. Considering how bad his car was handling all weekend, that was definitely a massive win for him.
What do you think of these rankings? Do you agree with the positions? Let me know what you think in the comments below.