Our judges have delivered their verdict after Max Verstappen’s victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. He made the top 10 – but who else impressed? Here are the scores for Montreal.
How it works
Our panel of five judges assess each rider after each Grand Prix and rate them out of 10 based on their performance throughout the weekend – eliminating machines from the equation
Our expert scores are then averaged to produce a race score – these scores are then tallied throughout the season in our overall Power Rankings chart (at the bottom of the page)
Verstappen made a fine – well, more than fine – display from pole position to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. The Dutchman mastered the wet conditions on Saturday, qualifying more than six tenths ahead of second best driver Alonso, and led more than 50 laps en route to a first victory in Montreal. No wonder our judges were so impressed, as was his Red Bull team principal…
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Hamilton took second place in the Power Rankings after finishing third in the race. The seven-time champion qualified an impressive fourth behind Sainz and finished third after Perez retired. The judges also gave Mercedes’ podium a slightly higher score than Ferrari’s second. Team principal Wolff, however, vowed not to get carried away by third-place Hamilton…
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Sainz was impressive on Sunday. Yes, he was overqualified by Alonso and nine tenths behind Verstappen on Saturday, but the Ferrari driver made no mistake on race day and gave everything to take the lead from Verstappen. These efforts were in vain but Sainz still impressed our judges and took third place in this week’s rankings.
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Another terrific performance from rookie Zhou this weekend. The Alfa Romeo driver arrived in Q3 with a 10th place in qualifying – ahead of his teammate Bottas – and gained two places in the race. Zhou finished behind Bottas on Sunday, with the Finn benefiting from the safety car, but scored higher in this week’s Power Rankings.
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Another top five for Russell, the Mercedes driver maintaining his streak with P4 at the finish line in Canada. Russell was a modest P8 in qualifying, however, as the gamble of taking slicks didn’t pay off in the rain. A late pit stop kept Russell out of contention for the final podium spot, but the judges scored it well.
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Alonso’s P2 in qualifying was Alpine’s dream, but the two-time champion couldn’t quite continue on Sunday, falling behind faster cars and then losing as he was out of sync with the safety cars virtual. A five-second penalty dropped Alonso from seventh to ninth on the timesheets, but he retained fifth in this week’s standings.
Bottas couldn’t quite qualify for Q3 on Saturday but from 11th on the grid he started on hard tyres, a long first stint helping him stop behind the safety car and to overtake his teammate Zhou fpr P7. He also took seventh place in this week’s standings, with Sunday’s pace making up for a slightly disappointing Saturday.
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The looming specter of grid penalties meant Leclerc was absent from Q2 on Saturday and we couldn’t see what the Ferrari driver was capable of for the remainder of qualifying. On Sunday, he lost time in the pits and behind Alpine’s Ocon, but managed to climb back to fifth – earning Rider of the Day honors and eighth in our Power standings.
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Not quite at the level of P2 qualifier Alonso, Ocon still claimed P7 on the grid and finished one place better on Sunday. The Frenchman finished behind Leclerc, having held him back for many laps, but beat Alonso to P6 thanks to a pit stop under the safety car. He held off Bottas by seconds for more useful points for Alpine, with Alonso picking up a post-race penalty.
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Last of the finishers on Sunday, Magnussen notched a superb P5 qualification in the rain on Saturday. The Haas rider dueled Hamilton on lap one and damaged his front wing, was ordered back to the pits for a slow nose change and couldn’t catch up from the back of the pack . The judges may have deemed the Dane unhappy and were definitely impressed with his qualifying performance as they placed him in the top 10 this week.
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Magnussen’s teammate Mick Schumacher achieved exactly the same score in Canada. The German qualified sixth on Saturday but his Sunday ended early thanks to a mechanical problem. Lando Norris was the next rider in our Power Rankings, finishing just adrift of Schumacher.