Sainz and Russell star in Autosport readers' F1 driver ratings

Carlos Sainz Jr and George Russell are proving to be the underdog stars of Autosport readers' driver ratings after one third of the 2019 Formula 1 season

Sainz and Russell star in Autosport readers' F1 driver ratings

The McLaren driver and Williams's rookie are currently fourth and fifth in the season-long aggregated ranking generated through Autosport readers' votes in the driver ratings feature that runs the morning after every grand prix.

Sainz and Russell are headed only by Mercedes' pair of title contenders and Red Bull's lead driver Max Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas lost his narrow lead in the ratings table with underwhelming races in Monaco and Canada, and is now down to third.

Matching the trend of recent races, the order is no longer a Mercedes one-two, with Verstappen getting between Hamilton and Bottas with an average rating of 8.28 out of 10 compared to Hamilton's 8.57.

Midfield underdogs are certainly impressing readers so far this year.

After Bottas, you have to go down to ninth place to find the next driver from one of the top three teams - Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who sits behind Racing Point's Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso pair Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon.

Following his shock near-victory in Bahrain, Leclerc sat second in the ratings table, but errors since have cost him in readers' eyes.

Sebastian Vettel is beginning to regain ground and has moved up to 15th, with Pierre Gasly - who had a spell at the bottom of the table - clawing up to 18th now.

Lance Stroll went into his home grand prix ranked by you as the worst driver of the season but his charge from 17th to ninth impressed and jumped him three places.

That leaves Williams's returnee Robert Kubica at the back of the driver ratings pack, with an average score of just 5.55 out of 10.

You can keep track of the average scores from both readers and our Grand Prix Editor Edd Straw, as well as reading all the ratings features so far on our dedicated driver ratings page.

Readers' driver ratings standings

Pos Driver Rating Change after Canada
1 Lewis Hamilton 8.57 -
2 Max Verstappen 8.28 -
3 Valtteri Bottas 8.05 -
4 Carlos Sainz Jr 7.78 -
5 George Russell 7.45 Up 1
6 Sergio Perez 7.39 Down 1
7 Daniil Kvyat 7.16 Up 4
8 Alex Albon 7.14 Down 1
9 Charles Leclerc 7.13 Up 1
10 Lando Norris 7.11 Up 2
11 Kimi Raikkonen 7.03 Down 3
12 Nico Hulkenberg 6.92 Up 1
13 Daniel Ricciardo 6.90 Up 1
14 Kevin Magnussen 6.84 Down 5
15 Sebastian Vettel 6.73 -
16 Romain Grosjean 6.38 -
17 Lance Stroll 5.70 Up 3
18 Pierre Gasly 5.63 Up 1
19 Antonio Giovinazzi 5.62 Down 2
20 Robert Kubica 5.55 Down 2
shares
comments
How "balls out" Stroll drive boosted Racing Point F1 team in Canada
Previous article

How "balls out" Stroll drive boosted Racing Point F1 team in Canada

Next article

Promoted: Women in Motorsport - Interview with Shell Track Lab F1 Coordinator Kathrin Danihelka

Promoted: Women in Motorsport - Interview with Shell Track Lab F1 Coordinator Kathrin Danihelka
Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP Plus

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams Plus

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams

What happens, asks MATT KEW, if the old adage of win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday is no longer true for F1 manufacturers?

Formula 1
Oct 2, 2022
Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Plus

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2022
The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver Plus

The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver

Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance Plus

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance

Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment? Plus

Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment?

The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car

Formula 1
Sep 28, 2022
Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Plus

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2022