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POWER RANKINGS: How drivers rank in our rankings during F1’s summer break

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We’ve enjoyed 13 action-packed rounds of the 2022 Formula 1 season and it’s Max Verstappen leading the way as he aims for a second title – but how do our judges rank his performance and that of his rivals so far? ‘now ? Here is the full Power Ranking standings during F1’s summer shutdown.

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

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  • Our expert scores are then averaged and the average of these scores is then used to produce a Power Rankings, which has been expanded upon below.


Verstappen is the leading driver heading into the summer break, with the defending champion enjoying an 80-point lead as he chases his second title. The Dutchman has won both Sprints, taken eight Grand Prix wins, three pole positions and 258 points after 13 rounds in 2022. Six more Grand Prix wins and he will have broken the record for most in a season… Our judges are suitably impressed.

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Charles Leclerc is leading the way when it comes to qualifying as he has already claimed seven pole positions in 2022 – but the Ferrari driver hasn’t won a race since Austria, after which Verstappen took the spoils in France and Hungary. Although it hasn’t been the easiest season for Leclerc, he impressed our judges and scored just below his rival.

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Fourth in the standings, but third in our standings, George Russell had a terrific start to his career as a full-time Mercedes works driver. The W13 isn’t at the level it needs to be for the Silver Arrows to add another constructors’ championship to their already impressive run, but Russell has won five podiums there and finished no worse than fifth in every race at with the exception of his home Grand Prix – where a first lap crash halted his sterling run.

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Lewis Hamilton has scored just below Russell so far, the seven-time champion having made it onto the podium in Bahrain but followed that up with a disappointing run of races including 10th in Saudi Arabia and a 13th at Imola. But he is now on a roll and has scored five consecutive podiums, including P2 in France and Hungary. His Power Rankings score is up.

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In a McLaren that is clearly not the easiest to manage, Lando Norris has produced some impressive results. He is the only driver outside of Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes to reach the podium so far in 2022 and he has taken points in all but three Grands Prix. Taking machines into account, Norris currently sits in fifth place in our Power Rankings.

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The first five weekends of the season were less than ideal for Fernando Alonso, who retired twice and suffered a P17 low in Australia. From Spain to Hungary, however, he scored eight consecutive points with a best of P5 at Silverstone, and recently finished sixth in France and eighth in Hungary – not to mention his brilliant performance in qualifying in Canada when he put his Alpine on the front row. This season, only Verstappen and Hamilton have taken more consecutive points than Alonso.

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Carlos Sainz started the season with back-to-back podiums, then had a tough time with back-to-back retirements in Australia and Imola. He took a first pole and victory at Silverstone and was unlucky not to finish in Austria. With P5 in France and P4 in Hungary, Sainz is seventh in the standings so far.

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Sergio Perez is driver level with Sainz in the Power Rankings, with the Red Bull driver having put in brilliant performances this season with a solid run from Bahrain to Monaco, where he took his first and only victory in 2022 so far. The Mexican driver retired in Canada and Austria to book his podium at the British GP, but recent results in France and Hungary saw Perez finish outside the top three.

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Esteban Ocon started 2022 with a bang, winning P7, P6, P7 in the first three races and scoring points in every Grand Prix bar Imola, Monaco and Silverstone in an impressive run for Alpine which recently gave P5 in Austria, P8 in France and P9 in Hungary.

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It’s fair to say that Magnussen took off on his return to Formula 1, with the Danish driver taking fifth place in the season opener and following that up with points at Jeddah and Imola. He suffered an unfortunate streak of five bad races from Miami to Canada, but the top 10s at Silverstone and Austria showed, once again, what Magnussen is capable of.

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