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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 7 F1 driver power rankings: The battle for third is on

The top two are set, but who is creeping on the podium for third right now in the driver power rankings?

Before we get to those, the disclaimer remains the same here as it does for the teams. 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. Esteban Ocon (new)

Seems odd to put him in the top ten given he didn’t score any points, but he’s been in a strong bit of form recently and that’s coming out on the track. Coming off a point in the last round, points were almost on the table again for him and the team in Imola. That is nothing but good news for Ocon moving forward into the middle parts of the season.

(Photo by Motorsport Week)

9. Lance Stroll (new)

A great drive from the Canadian that of course went unnoticed by everyone watching. Started 13th and crept his way through the field and pulled off some great overtakes late in the race to finish ninth. A great result.

8. Yuki Tsunoda (-)

Started seventh and dropped to tenth which was disappointing for the Japanese driver but still brought home a point for the team. That is always welcome.

7. Nico Hulkenberg (-)

Just missed out on a point but drove a great qualifying once again on Saturday and was still strong in the race. If there is one driver who is driving well above the car in 2024, it continues to be the Hulk.

6. Sergio Perez (-1)

Just not there all weekend, which perhaps was more down to the car than him. But given his teammate was able to win the race in a car that isn’t as fast as it has been, that has to be quite worrying for the Mexican driver.

5. Carlos Sainz (-1)

Carlos is still in great form, and his losing a place here is really down to the tightness of the field from third to fifth. He drove an uneventful weekend but still managed a top-five placing for more strong points.

4. Oscar Piastri (+1)

Another race of ‘what ifs’ for the Australian. The penalty he got for impeding Kevin Magnussen on Saturday affected his race, but he still managed to finish fourth and just miss out on a podium. Once he is able to overcome a few of his mistakes and bad luck, he’ll be right up there with his teammate.

(Photo by Race Fans)

3. Charles Leclerc (-)

It’s so tight right now for the final spot on the podium in these power rankings, but Charles once again holds on. He is driving beautifully in 2024 and you just feel he is going to sneak through for a win sooner rather than later. Could that finally come at his home race this weekend? Fingers crossed it can.

2. Lando Norris (-)

After waiting so long for his first race win, he very nearly got his second only two weeks later. Had the race been a lap or two longer, you’d say he would’ve achieved it. But if he keeps up this form and pace, it will only be a matter of time until win number two comes.

1. Max Verstappen (-)

An incredible drive from Max to secure another win and maintain his spot at the top of this list. Bravo. What do you think of this list? Which order would you currently rank the drivers and teams in? Let me know your thoughts below!

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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