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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 6 F1 team power rankings: Papaya power in Florida

For only the second time in a decade, McLaren have won a race. For anybody who has been watching F1 as long as I have, that is a sentence that is weird to hear. However, a win is a good thing, but does it help you rise in the power rankings? We’re about to find out.


Before we get to those, 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 in mind, let’s get to the rankings!


10. Williams (-)

Williams have seemingly fallen off a cliff in the last few rounds and are stuck. Talking about getting Adrian Newey on board is bold, but hey if they can lure him back, they are sure to not be stuck at the back for much longer.


9. Kick Sauber (-1)

Somehow Valtteri Bottas was in the top 3 for ‘driver of the day’ during the race. How that was a thing based on the team’s performance in Miami, I have no idea.


8. Alpine (+1)

Points! Albeit one point. A huge achievement for the team given how far back they were at the beginning of the season.


(Photo by Motorsport Week)


7. Haas (-1)

There were points for the team in the sprint race and nearly another one in the main race. They might have to keep their eye out for Alpine now given their recent run of form.


6. RB (+1)

Double points in the sprint and points in the main race. A great weekend for the team in what was one of the sexiest looking liveries in a long time.


(Photo by Fox Sports)


5. Aston Martin (-1)

A real nothing weekend for Aston Martin. Fernando Alonso was able to salvage a couple of points in the race on Sunday but they looked nowhere in Miami. Hopefully for them it was a blip on the radar.


4. Mercedes (+1)

Only really improves a position based on the fact that Aston Martin were so bad. Mercedes were also bad in Miami, they just were slightly less bad than their green rivals.


3. Ferrari (-1)

Ferrari were decent in Miami, scoring a podium in both the sprint and main race thanks to Charles Leclerc. For them however the fact that McLaren came out of seemingly nowhere to leapfrog not only them, but Red Bull too, was a concern. They still hold a significant gap however to McLaren in second place in the Constructors Championship.


2. McLaren (+1)

An upgrade that wasn’t meant to make much of a difference sees the team win only their second race in the last 12 years. A great performance and one that every success starved McLaren fan will be hoping continues for the rest of the season.


1. Red Bull (-)

Hard really to fault Red Bull in Miami. Max Verstappen still won the sprint and would’ve won the main race had the safety car not come out when it did. Still an easy team to put at number one on this list.


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


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