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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 5 F1 driver power rankings: Rollercoaster rise & falls continue

It’s always fun to do a power rankings, especially when it comes to the drivers in F1! And once again I am back to do that, with my post-Miami GP power rankings set to get you excited!

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!

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.

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

Let’s get to it.

10. Kevin Magnussen (new)

A fantastic qualifying performance by Magnussen mixed with a solid race drive to bring home a point. That’s worth calling Gene about any day of the week.

9. Carlos Sainz Jr (new)

Feel a bit mean to Carlos this season given I haven’t put him in my rankings during any race, but he’s having such a nothing season it’s hard to really put him anywhere. Dropped back a few places in the race but got some decent points and just was there. That’ll do for him right now.

(Photo by Sportskeeda)

8. Yuki Tsunoda (+2)

Continues to drive the wheels off that AlphaTauri and once again narrowly missed out on a point. In five races this season he has finished in either 11th or 10th each time. In a car that bad, that’s incredible.

7. Lance Stroll (-2)

I hate to drop him but don’t really have a choice with those around him just having an overall better weekend. He didn’t have a bad weekend as such, just a couple of bad luck choices cost him and ultimately saw him finish out of the points. Still, starting 18th and finishing 12th is pretty solid.

6. Charles Leclerc (-2)

Poor Charles. He just can’t catch a break. Two poles the week before and then such a quiet race that he only managed seventh place after starting seventh on the grid. Let’s hope the passion of the Tifosi next round and then his home crowd in Monaco the week after can bring him some better fortune.

5. Lewis Hamilton (+1)

Another nothing weekend for Hamilton but still got some good points after recovering from an uncharacteristically bad qualifying. Will he want to keep on continuing in the sport for much longer if this is all he can hope for? It remains to be seen.

(Photo by Hamilton Spectator)

4. George Russell (+3)

Russell’s great drive was overshadowed by those ahead of him but he had solid pace during the race and could’ve been closer to the podium had he been able to get more clear air earlier in the race.

Given the Mercedes just continues to be in nowhereville at the moment it’s hard to put any attention on Russell and his performances this year, but he has been solid and consistent and that’s all he neds to keep doing.

3. Fernando Alonso (-)

Five races. Four podiums. Would you have believed that a year ago had we told you? And at 41-years-old, the man continues to deliver. He also still has time to praise his teammate for overtaking during the race while seeing it on a big screen at the side of the track. Incredible.

2. Sergio Perez (-1)

You have to feel for Perez in Miami. Did everything right, scored a great pole position and looked set to win consecutive races and lead the Championship for the first time in his career.

It’s just a shame his teammate is Max Verstappen. Otherwise it would’ve been the perfect result from a perfect weekend. Still is driving incredibly though and I still think he will be fighting for the Championship right to the very end.

1. Max Verstappen (+1)

A bad Saturday turned into a perfect Sunday. Verstappen is just at the absolute peak of his powers right now and is driving beautifully. An easy choice to bump him back up to number one this week.

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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