Round 2 F1 team power rankings: Red Bull continue to dominate
Another round of the 2023 F1 season is behind us and after another interesting race, I’m back to bring you the latest edition of the F1 team power rankings.
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!
You can also check out my driver power rankings too for a similar analysis.
Let’s get to it.
10. McLaren (-)
Oscar Piastri got a top 10 in qualifying. But after that, the team was nowhere. Front wing damage didn’t help the Aussie in the race, but when you’re battling for 15th and you think that’s an achievement, you know things aren’t going well.
9. AlphaTauri (-)
Yuki Tsunoda nearly got a point but ultimately didn’t. Nyck De Vries made some late moves but only finished 14th. When your team principal is annoyed that your car isn’t doing well, there are issues. A long way to go for the team in 2023.
8. Williams (-2)
A bit of a drop back from Williams this weekend but still look okay. Alexander Albon suffered a mechanical issue during the race while Logan Sargeant showed some good racing skills as he battled with his fellow rookies Nyck De Vries and Oscar Piastri. Them dropping down a few spots on this list is mainly a reflection on the improvement of those above them.
(Photo by Williams F1)
7. Haas (+1)
First points for the American team in 2023, Kevin Magnussen drove a great race to hold off Tsunoda in 10th place. Nico Hulkenberg was unlucky to not be higher after he was leaped by the Japanese driver after the safety car, but the team will be no doubt happy with their position as they improve on their Bahrain showing.
6. Alfa Romeo (-1)
A pretty nowhere weekend for the Swiss team. Both Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas weren’t really in the hunt for anything in Saudi Arabia. They’ll be hoping for better form in Australia.
5. Alpine (+2)
A solid weekend by the French team. Both drivers qualified in the top 10 and both finished in the top 10. Can’t ask for more than that can you?
4. Ferrari (-1)
What on earth happened here? After Charles Leclerc narrowly missed out on taking pole position, the team had absolutely no pace on race day and languished in 6th and 7th place. The good news is that both cars finished. The bad news is they are fourth in the Championship, 61 points behind Red Bull. It’s shaping to be another long season for the Scuderia.
(Photo by News Italy 24)
3. Mercedes (+1)
They were never a threat for anything all weekend, but consistency is the key at Mercedes. George Russell finished fourth, while Lewis Hamilton had a quiet run by his standards, finishing in fifth. The team might not be challenging for wins anytime soon, but as long as they can keep scoring points and a sneaky podium or two, second place for them in the Championship might not be super unrealistic.
2. Aston Martin (-)
Another strong weekend – but it could have been even better if not for a bit of bad luck. Alonso led early and although he wasn’t able to steal the win, he finished in third for his 100th career podium after the bizarre penalty back-and-forth. Lance Stroll wasn’t able to capitalise more points for the team, with his great start shooting him to an early fourth before technical issues brought him to a halt. A potential 3-4 finish for the team wasn’t to be; instead, they will be counting the points lost rather than gained. Given where they were 12 months ago, though, that’s a good issue to have.
1. Red Bull (-)
An incredibly dominant weekend once again for Red Bull. Nobody even came close to ultimately challenging them for anything in Saudi Arabia and they head into Albert Park not only as the team to beat, but the team that nobody really can come remotely close to. Get those flags ready to wave in Melbourne Red Bull flags, your arm might be getting sore from celebrating.
What do you think of these rankings? Do you agree with the positions? Let me know what you think in the comments below.