With the halfway point of the Formula 1 world championship fast approaching, it's time to take a look at who is performing, who's been unlucky, and who has to step up their efforts.
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are just three of the drivers who have starred at different points, but who has been the outstanding competitor of an unbelievably unpredictable season so far?
As part of our British GP build-up, Jonathan Noble looks back at the first eight remarkable races of 2012 and assesses all 24 drivers...
AUTOSPORT's Rating: A
Team: Red Bull Racing
Champ pos: 4th
Wins: 1 - Bahrain
Poles: 3 - Bahrain/Canada/Europe
FLs: 2 - Bahrain/Canada
Sebastian Vettel was probably as shell-shocked as the rest of the paddock when what had appeared to be a stunning winter of work with the RB8 did not produce a race-winning car from the off. It took the reigning champion a few races to get totally comfortable with the post-blown diffuser era cars - but once sorted the results soon followed. Victory in Bahrain was his first triumph of the campaign - but more encouraging (even though the result did not follow) was his dominance of the Valencia weekend. That performance points to Red Bull moving in to top gear over the second half of the season.
The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series
Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell
Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton
Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary
After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways
OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains
Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008
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