Power Rankings 2022: Russell, honors in Brazil

Mercedes has also done a double in this section

Sainz takes the third best score; Alonso, the fourth

George Russell has taken the honor plate from the ‘Power Rankings’ judges in the 2022 F1 Brazilian GP. In addition, Mercedes has also done a double in this section, since Lewis Hamilton has been second. Carlos Sainz has taken the third best score, Fernando Alonso the fourth … and Max Verstappen has been left out of the ‘top 10’ this time, although he continues to lead the general.


Five experts selected by Formula 1 assess the performance of each driver and give them up to ten points for their performance throughout the weekend, regardless of the car they drive. The points from the experts are then combined to create the score for each race.

Throughout the season these race scores will be averaged to create the final ranking that reflects the performance of the drivers regardless of their car.


1. George Russell: 10

“George Russell had a momentous weekend in Sao Paulo. He qualified third and then won the Sprint on Saturday after a brief fight with Max Verstappen, who defended admirably but couldn’t make those medium tires work as well in the 100 race. On Sunday, Russell started from Pole on the grid, leading all but five laps and setting the fastest lap on his way to his first Grand Prix victory and the team’s first of 2022. The judges gave him a score perfect”.

2. Lewis Hamilton: 8.8

Lewis Hamilton qualified eighth on Friday when conditions affected much of the grid, but the seven-time champion fared much better in the Sprint, where he finished third, behind the suspended Carlos Sainz, to secure the front row for Mercedes on Sunday. At the Grand Prix, Hamilton led five laps and shrugged off the collision with Verstappen to back his teammate to a sensational one-two.”

3. Carlos Sainz: 8.6

Sainz was not the happiest driver going into the weekend as he had a five position grid penalty for the Grand Prix which meant his P5 in qualifying and P2 in Sprint would become P7 in Sunday’s grid.But the Spaniard moved to third in the first 10 laps, in a display of pace, and although he had to fight to keep his place on the podium – losing to Mercedes but staying ahead of his teammate , Charles Leclerc – Sainz felt he had finally had the quiet weekend he had hoped for.”

4. Fernando Alonso: 8.4

“If Sainz was upset, Fernando Alonso was equally unhappy heading into the Grand Prix. A collision with teammate Esteban Ocon saw Alonso receive a five-second penalty in the Sprint, in which he started seventh, but from 17th place. he gradually moved into the top 10 on Sunday.From there it was clear that the two-time champion’s pace was enough for much more than just a few points and he was allowed to pass Ocon late in the race to beat the Red Bull and be fifth under the flag”.

5. Valtteri Bottas: 8.2

“Valtteri Bottas’ performance did not go unnoticed by our judges, despite the drama that unfolded around the Alfa Romeo driver. Bottas qualified a disappointing 18th and finished 14th in the Sprint, but he had a lot more going for him. Running up to Lap fifth in the Grand Prix, the Finn couldn’t hold on to the Alpine and Red Bull late in the race, but finished ninth on a day when points looked like a long shot.

6. Kevin Magnussen: 8

“Kevin Magnussen made headlines when he took his first pole position in Friday’s dramatic qualifying session, and that helped push him into the top ten in our Power Ranking. The Danish driver couldn’t hold on to the lead and settled for eighth and a point in the Sprint. Sunday was much less fortunate for the Haas driver as he took a hit and went out of the race on the first lap.”

7.Charles Leclerc: 7.6

“Leclerc qualified 10th on Friday, but moved up to 6th in a difficult sprint, with the Monegasque trying to avoid unnecessary risks. From 5th on the grid, he dropped to 18th after a collision with Lando Norris almost took him out of the race, but he pushed on and nearly overtook his teammate Sainz in the final safety car restart. Fourth position put Leclerc level with Perez in the World Cup standings.”

8. Sebastian Vettel: 7.4

Thirteenth was Sebastian Vettel’s place in qualifying and he dropped a Sprint point after being ninth on Saturday, a result that showed he had the race pace to fight for a top ten spot on Sunday. The one-time champion gave it his all, running as high as third on a different strategy than most riders, and made it to seventh before the safety car ruined his Grand Prix points hopes as he fell from lap eleventh on medium tyres”.

9. Esteban Ocon: 7.2

“Ocon qualified sixth on Friday and did not take the blame for Alonso’s collision in the Sprint, which left his teammate with a five-second penalty. However, the Frenchman started the race 16th and worked his way up in the top ten, but the late restart of the race left him behind and he finished eighth under the checkered flag.”

10. Lando Norris: 7

“Despite suffering from food poisoning, Norris qualified a brilliant fourth on Friday, although he later dropped to seventh in the sprint and admitted his aim was to pass Magnussen. Mission accomplished, but from sixth in the Grand Prix he he tangled with Leclerc early on and received a five-second penalty for that collision. The Briton moved up to eighth after that, but his progress was cut short by a race-ending loss of power on lap 52.”


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Power Rankings 2022: Russell, honors in Brazil