Our judges have given their verdict after Max Verstappen’s Canadian Grand Prix victory. I have made the top 10 – but who else impressed? Here are the scores from Montreal.
How it works
Our five-judge panel assess each driver after every Grand Prix and score them out of 10 according to their performance across the weekend – taking machinery out of the equation
Our experts’ scores are then averaged out to produce a race score – with those scores then tallied up across the season on our overall Power Rankings Leaderboard (at the bottom of the page)
Verstappen put on a fine – well, more than fine – display from pole position to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. The Dutchman mastered wet conditions on Saturday, qualifying more than six-tenths ahead of next-best driver Alonso, and led more than 50 laps on his way to a maiden Montreal win. No wonder our judges were so impressed, as was his Red Bull Team Principal…
Hamilton took second place in the Power Rankings having finished third in the race. The seven-time champion qualified an impressive fourth behind Sainz and finished third after Perez’s retirement. The judges also gave Mercedes’ podium-finisher a slightly higher score than Ferrari’s runner-up. Team Principal Wolff, however, swore not to get carried away by Hamilton’s P3 finish…
Sainz was impressive on Sunday. Yes, he was out-qualified by Alonso and nine-tenths behind Verstappen on Saturday, but the Ferrari driver didn’t put a foot wrong on race day and gave it everything to pry the lead off Verstappen. Those efforts were in vain but Sainz still impressed our judges and took third in this week’s standings.
Another terrific performance from rookie Zhou this weekend. The Alfa Romeo driver made it to Q3 with P10 in qualifying – ahead of team mate Bottas – and made up two places in the race. Zhou finished behind Bottas on Sunday, the Finn benefitting from the Safety Car, but took a higher score in this week’s Power Rankings.
Top-five again for Russell, the Mercedes driver having maintained his streak with P4 at the finish line in Canada. Russell was however a lowly P8 in qualifying, spinning off as a gamble to take slick tires didn’t pay off in the rain. A late pit stop prevented Russell from challenging for the final podium spot but the judges scored him highly.
Alonso’s P2 in qualifying got Alpine dreaming but the two-time champion couldn’t quite keep it up on Sunday, falling behind faster cars and then losing out as he was out of sync with the Virtual Safety Cars. A five-second penalty dropped Alonso from seventh to ninth on the timesheets but he retained fifth in this week’s rankings.
Bottas couldn’t quite make it to Q3 on Saturday but from 11th on the grid he started on hard compounds, a long first stint helping him stop behind the Safety Car and jump team mate Zhou fpr P7. He also took seventh in this week’s rankings, Sunday’s pace making up for a slightly disappointing Saturday.
The looming specter of grid penalties meant that Leclerc sat out Q2 on Saturday and we couldn’t see what the Ferrari driver was capable of for the rest of qualifying. On Sunday, he lost time in the pits and behind Alpine’s Ocon but managed to recover to fifth – taking Driver of the Day honors and eighth in our Power Rankings.
Not quite on 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 up for numerous laps, but beat Alonso to P6 thanks to a stop under the Safety Car. He kept Bottas at bay by a couple of seconds for more useful points for Alpine, Alonso having copped a post -race penalty.
Last of the finishers on Sunday, Magnussen pulled off a stunning P5 qualification in the wet on Saturday. The Haas driver dueled with Hamilton on Lap 1 and damaged his front wing, was ordered back into the pits for a slow nose change, and couldn’t make it up from the back of the pack. The judges perhaps considered the Dane unfortunate, and were definitely impressed by his qualifying performance, as they placed him in the top 10 this week.
Magnussen’s team mate Mick Schumacher took exactly the same score in Canada. The German qualified sixth on Saturday but his Sunday ended early thanks to a mechanical issue. Lando Norris was the next driver in our Power Rankings, finishing just adrift of Schumacher.