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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 18 F1 driver power rankings: Sir Lewis ascends once more

Now that the team rankings are done, it's time to get to the driver power rankings after the US Grand Prix. And just like the team rankings, there's plenty of interesting movement behind the obvious number one.

As always, 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. Fernando Alonso (-2)

Fernando didn’t really do anything wrong all weekend, it’s just hard when he retires and then has other drivers do better above him.

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9. Oscar Piastri (-7)

Oof. Feel so bad having to drop him this many spots, but he just had no luck all weekend while others moved up around him. Look for him to bounce back in Mexico this weekend.

8. Sergio Perez (+2)

Solid if unspectacular by Sergio. His final position definitely flatters him, but he will be hoping things will improve significantly at his home race.

7. Pierre Gasly (new)

Gasly drove great all weekend and got some solid points for the team in both the sprint and main race. With his teammate having bad luck all weekend, that’s all the more benefit for him.

6. Carlos Sainz (-)

A podium at the end of the day is a podium, and he’ll take that as his consistent form continues.

5. George Russell (-1)

George didn’t have a bad weekend, his teammate just had a much better one. He was still able to get points though and help the team stay ahead of Ferrari, which is where the fight lies right now.

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4. Charles Leclerc (+1)

For both Charles and Lewis their disqualifications don’t affect their finishing positions here. For Charles, it was a solid weekend. Another pole position and a sixth before the DQ were decent, and although he continues to be frustrated over not being able to turn the poles into wins, he still is showcasing his skill and talent and what he is capable of.

3. Lando Norris (-)

Another great weekend from Lando. That win is so close he can taste it. The good news for him that in his 100th race, he still has 90 more to go before he breaks the record for longest time in F1 until their first win! So he’s got time!

2. Lewis Hamilton (+5)

A great weekend by Sir Lewis. So close to that breakthrough win to break the drought, which would’ve come had there been a few more laps (and the floor was legal). By far his best weekend all season.

1. Max Verstappen (-)

Damage his car, make him frustrated and angry, and he will still win. If only the crowd at Austin could appreciate his achievements.

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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