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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 4 F1 driver power rankings: The Hulk proving to be a contender for star of the season

A return to the top for one driver and a rise for another despite no points, the driver power rankings are back and as interesting as ever.

Of course beforehand it’s time for the usual disclaimer. You know the drill, these are all subjective and based mainly on my (incredibly smart) opinion mixed with form and on-track results, meaning it is a generally subjective list that holds no real weight except for the large basis of fact I like to think I can generate.

So with that all in mind, let's get to it!

10. George Russell (new)

Feels odd to put him in the top ten given the performance of the car right now, but drove a solid race from ninth to seventh in an attempt to make the one stop strategy work. It didn’t, but still a decent race considering where the car is at right now.

(Photo by Silver Arrows Net)

9. Fernando Alonso (+1)

A solid race and weekend for Alonso who planted the car fifth on the grid and made it home in sixth. Great signs for the Spaniard as he continues to push for a Mercedes seat in 2025.

8. Nico Hulkenberg (+1)

No points for Nico but he still is driving so damn well at the moment. A strong qualifying in just missing out on Q3 before also just missing out on his third points finish in a row in 11th place. Has he been the star of the season so far given the car he is driving? There is definitely an argument there for that to be true.

7. Yuki Tsunoda (+1)

Another driver pressing for star of the season so far is Yuki Tsunoda. The first Japanese driver to score points at his home race in more than a decade, Tsunoda is driving fantastically so far in 2024 and really should be in the conversation more when it comes to that second Red Bull seat next season. Keep up this form and there’s no way he can be ignored for it.

6. Oscar Piastri (-2)

Not quite the highs of his home race a fortnight ago, Piastri still did what he could to come home with more points for himself and the team, which is a great result all the same.

5. Lando Norris (-)

Third on the grid and fifth in the race, a solid weekend and race for Norris. He’s always just there isn’t he? A solid start by the Brit who won’t have much to complain about after four rounds this season.

4. Sergio Perez (+2)

It feels odd having Perez down in fourth and not higher, but that mainly comes to the form of those above him rather than his own ability. The real difference Perez is showing right now is that he has almost accepted the number two role at Red Bull, which perhaps is what he needed to do a long time ago in order to really get that form out of him. That’s all he needs to do right now if he wants to remain with the team moving forward.

3. Charles Leclerc (-)

A great race by Leclerc in making the one-stop strategy work to go from eighth on the grid to fourth. He has been driving fantastic so far in 2024 and this ranking only goes to solidify that fact.

(Photo by Monaco Tribune)

2. Carlos Sainz (-1)

Carlos Sainz is the only driver to have a 100% podium record in 2024. Yes, he wasn’t on the podium in Saudi Arabia, but he also didn’t start that race, so therefore his 100% record stands. Drove another solid race to get on the podium once more, and continues to showcase his skills and abilities as he hunts for a seat in 2025.

1. Max Verstappen (+1)

Just like Red Bull were going to return to the top of the power rankings eventually, the same can easily be said for Max Verstappen. Drove a flawless race and a flawless weekend overall to once again show why he is a class above the rest in Formula 1 right now.

What do you think of this list? Which order would you currently rank the drivers in? Let me know your thoughts below!


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