The unsung star of F1 2021 so far
OPINION: The title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton has captivated Formula 1 fans this year, while McLaren and Ferrari drivers have also made it onto the podium. But look a little further back in the pack and you'll find a driver who has really shone in the first five races - even though he only has one result to show for it
After five races so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season, the average scores in Autosport’s driver ratings make for interesting reading (even if we do say so ourselves!). This particularly applies when considering the generation-shifting narrative that appears to be playing out in the championship right now.
Currently, the averages are topped by young McLaren star Lando Norris (21), who has delivered two podium finishes in the opening quintet and his yet to come home without points. Then there’s young Red Bull racer Max Verstappen (23), who just happens to have won two races and currently heads Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings of what is so far shaping up to be an excellent, multi-team title fight. Exactly matching Verstappen’s average so far is Ferrari’s young(er) driver Charles Leclerc (also 23), who has been incredibly fast in what remains a power-deprived package and might’ve scored his first glittering result of the season without his latest home heartbreak last time out.
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