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POWER RANKINGS: Who got the best score after the Sprint and the Austrian Grand Prix?

Not only do this week’s Power Rankings reflect the Austrian Grand Prix, but the judges also take into account the drivers’ performances in the Sprint. Here are the scores from a few action-packed days at the Red Bull Ring.

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 on our overall power ratings chart (at the bottom of the page)


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Leclerc couldn’t keep up with Verstappen’s pace on Friday as the Ferrari driver qualified second to Red Bull, or on Saturday when the Monegasque had to fend off team-mate Sainz’s challenge at the start of the Sprint. Leclerc caught Verstappen within two seconds for P2 in the Sprint, then made three passes for the lead on Sunday to secure a win at the Austrian Grand Prix – his first win since round three. his accelerator stuck…

MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: Unraveling the mystery of how Ferrari turned the tables on Red Bull in the Austrian GP


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You wait for an F1 point then 12 comes all at once. Schumacher opened his account at Silverstone and is now on a roll, having landed a stunning P6 at the Austrian Grand Prix. He made a change on Sunday, dropping from P5 and dropping to P14, passing four cars on the way back to P6 and then returning to the pits to cement Haas’ most points since the Austrian Grand Prix 2018. Schumacher also qualified seventh for the Sprint, in which he finished a solid ninth.

READ MORE: Schumacher revels in second consecutive points tally as Magnussen reveals he overcame engine problem en route to P8


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Verstappen looked to have the Red Bull Ring race, taking pole position on Friday, finishing the Sprint in P1 ahead of both Ferraris – although his tires started to drop towards the end to allow Leclerc to close – but Sunday was not Nothing could be easier, the championship leader losing to Leclerc. He fought loyally and firmly but couldn’t hold off the Ferraris, finishing second in the Grand Prix as Sainz retired.

READ MORE: Horner says Red Bull must understand Austrian tire deflation issues despite ‘healthy’ championship lead over Ferrari


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Ocon impressed the judges and was clearly on board with his Alpine from the start, qualifying fifth for the Sprint, finishing sixth in points on Saturday and then finishing fifth as the last driver in the lead lap on Sunday. Perhaps a performance that could easily be overlooked, given Schumacher took sixth and Hamilton snatched the final podium spot – but the judges certainly took note of Ocon’s weekend.

READ MORE: Ocon hails ‘perfect weekend’ for Alpine after fifth in Austrian GP


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Sainz managed third on the grid for the Sprint, then challenged teammate Leclerc for P2 at the start of Saturday’s 100km, with the Spaniard eventually losing and falling back for P3. From there on Sunday, Sainz looked likely to overhaul Verstappen for P2 later in the race – then his hopes were dashed when Sainz was forced out, just as he lined up a pass for the defending champion. A DNF, but the judges recognized Sainz’s hard work.

READ MORE: ‘That’s the story of my season’ – Sainz frustrated as ‘easy 1-2’ ignites at Red Bull Ring


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What a rollercoaster weekend for Alonso. He qualified eighth for the Sprint but an electrical problem saw him start last for the Grand Prix. Long absent during his first stint, he was fighting for 7th place towards the end of the race. But a botched pit stop which required the two-time champion to stop twice during the end of the safety car meant Alonso was taken out of the points with 10 laps to go. He made four passes at the end to grab the final point in style.

READ MORE: ‘It was one of my best races this season’ – Alonso laments double late stop that cost Alpine ‘fifth and sixth’ in Austria


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With so many great performances on Sunday, Hamilton finished seventh in the Power Rankings despite a podium finish in Austria. A Q3 crash on Friday probably didn’t help the Mercedes driver’s score, nor did a labored and scrappy P8 in the Sprint, but Hamilton spilled the beans in the Grand Prix and managed to finish ahead of team-mate Russell as well.

READ MORE: Podium ‘a small token of my appreciation’ to Mercedes for big car rebuild, says Hamilton


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Magnussen started with P6 in qualifying, ahead of his teammate, and finished ahead of Schumacher with P7 (and points) in the Sprint. But on Sunday he was right next to the German driver and finished eighth behind the McLaren of Lando Norris. Another good weekend for the Danish driver, especially as he was struggling with an engine problem during the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday…


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Norris split the Haas riders with an eighth place finish and edged Daniel Ricciardo throughout the Austrian Grand Prix. The Briton, however, was only able to qualify 15th on Friday, dropping to 11th in the Sprint. From there, Norris moved up to seventh place with a productive final stint, despite being penalized five seconds for breaching the track limits.

READ MORE: ‘We could have had 6th place,’ says Norris as time penalty costs him at Austrian Grand Prix


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Russell, fourth, completes the top 10 in this week’s Power Rankings, reflecting the Austrian weekend. The Mercedes driver dropped to 19th on Sunday after making contact with Perez and contesting the ensuing five-second pit lane penalty. However, he made plenty of on-track passes and recovered in P4 behind Hamilton. Along with Hamilton, Russell also crashed out in qualifying, which is likely another reason his score dropped this week.

READ MORE: Russell calls penalty for Perez clash ‘severe’ as he laments missed opportunity to step onto podium in Austria

Missing

Alex Albon was the driver to miss out on the top 10 this week, with the Williams driver finishing a solid 12th – and scoring just a fraction below Russell’s in this week’s Power Rankings.

Ranking


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