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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 17 F1 driver power rankings: Oscar ascends

Team rankings done, which means it’s time for the drivers. Just how will Oscar Piastri’s great weekend reflect his position on this list? It’s time to find out.


Before we do, 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.


You can also check out my team power rankings too for a similar analysis.


Now that’s over with, let’s get to the rankings.


10. Sergio Perez (-1)

Lucky to hang on to a top ten spot. Another terrible weekend for the Mexican driver. He has to hope Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t return with a bang next race.


9. Esteban Ocon (new)

Solid weekend for Esteban to get some points and slightly bump his teammate down a few places.


8. Fernando Alonso (new)

Welcome back to the top ten Fernando! Some solid pace in a car that doesn’t seemingly have any recently will please the Spaniard.


(Photo by GPFans)


7. Lewis Hamilton (-1)

The first time all year he hasn’t finished a race. Still, his consistency helps maintain a top ten spot.


6. Carlos Sainz (-3)

Was good in the sprint on Saturday, but didn’t start on the Sunday.


5. Charles Leclerc (-)

Was there and thereabouts and showed the pace of the Ferrari in Qatar. It was still some points for him and the team, which is all they could really ask for on the weekend.


(Photo by Daily Express)


4. George Russell (+3)

A good weekend for George. Could’ve won on Saturday had his tyres like him, and drove a good recovery on the Sunday after being hit by his teammate to finish fourth in the race.


3. Lando Norris (-1)

A double podium weekend for Lando, who continues to shine in this part of the season. Just has to do something about getting beaten by Australian drivers when it comes to winning races.


2. Oscar Piastri (+2)

A Sprint win and a second place. A brilliant weekend for the Australian. That debut main race win is only a matter of time.


1. Max Verstappen (-)

Would’ve won the sprint race had there been a couple more laps, Verstappen still leaves Qatar with another win and this time around, another World Championship. Another dominant performance by the Dutchman.


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

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