While technically the mid-point of the season came on lap 26 of the British Grand Prix, Formula 1's August break offers the ideal opportunity to take a look at how the drivers have performed so far this year.
The report ratings do not simply echo the marks out of 10 allocated to the drivers after each grand prix, instead taking into account a wider set of criteria, along with any new information that has come to light since the race weekends in question.
Vettel has struggled to adapt to life without exhaust-blown downforce and time has run out to use that as an excuse. But while he still needs to improve, his performances haven't been as bad as some are making out. Progress is clear, and it's worth noting that in both Canada and Hungary only strategic misfortune dropped him behind Ricciardo, even though overall the Australian has comfortably outperformed him.
Highlight: Prevailing in classic battle with Alonso at Silverstone.
Lowlight: Costly spin during the Hungarian GP.
Ricciardo has been a revelation in F1 this season © LAT
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.