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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 16 F1 driver power rankings: The battle for second intensifies

It’s time to bring you the latest F1 driver power rankings as things heat up for that second spot on the list.

A simple disclaimer first as always. 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.


Okay, with that done, let’s get to the rankings!


10. Liam Lawson (-1)

Missed out on points, only just, but another very strong weekend for the Kiwi driver.

(Photo by NZ Autocar)


9. Sergio Perez (-2)

An absolute disaster of a weekend for Perez when he needed a good weekend more than ever. Here’s hoping he can find some form again soon.


8. Pierre Gasly (+2)

Should’ve beaten his teammate but team orders prevented this. Still, it was more points for the Frenchman.


7. George Russell (-2)

Some battles with his teammate were entertaining to watch, but ultimately wasn’t quite to be for Russell. Still, it was more points for him.


6. Lewis Hamilton (-)

Mr. Consistent scores again. He and Max Verstappen are the only drivers in 2023 to have scored in every race, and Hamilton hasn’t finished below sixth all season. In a car that isn’t overly competitive, that’s an impressive feat.


5. Charles Leclerc (-2)

Not much was seen of Leclerc across the weekend but a solid drive still saw him claim fourth place, although if you ask him, he might think it was one spot higher…

4. Oscar Piastri (+4)

A podium for Piastri! A great drive by Oscar delivers the goods, although he was disappointed not to finish a spot higher. Still, a great weekend for him.

(Photo by PlanetF1)

3. Carlos Sainz (-1)

Although he finished sixth and behind his teammate, it was still a very consistent weekend by the Spaniard to add to his great run of form. Hence his position remaining in the top 3.

2. Lando Norris (+2)

Back-to-back second places for Lando, a great effort by him. Amazingly he is only seventh in the Championship. Look out for him in the final rounds of the season to rectify this.

1. Max Verstappen (-)

Never poke an angry bear. Or in this case, a lion. Verstappen was never in doubt for the win in Suzuka, and re-took his rightful place at the top of the F1 pecking order.


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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