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Formula 1 Power Rankings

By Patrick Moquin
Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen of The Netherlands salutes the crowd with his winner trophy after the Montreal Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
© David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Though it was an exciting weekend of racing in Montreal, the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix did more to solidify the current pecking order in Formula 1 than shake it up in any way. Most of the established midfielders competed for points while more serious contenders returned to form, and above them all, the reigning champion continued his unstoppable run. It’s always a long year, but power rankings through the first nine races of the 2022 season seem revealing for the title picture and midcard standings moving forward.

1- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Result in Montreal: 1st

The season’s long, but he’s the undisputed king for now. Verstappen has been unstoppable in the last five races and overcame multiple safety cars in Canada to win from pole position. Though Carlos Sainz chased close behind in the late stages, it never felt like the Ferrari driver was posing a real threat to Verstappen’s lead. The Dutch driver is the one to beat until further notice.

2- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Result in Montreal: 5th

A win wasn’t feasible for Leclerc on Sunday, but he did as well as he could under the circumstances. Starting from 19th and working his way through the pack, the Ferrari ace made two brilliant passing moves against both Alpine drivers in the late stages to take fifth. The four races before Montreal were a horror for Leclerc and Ferrari fans, but a flashy run from the back of the grid was exactly what the Tufosi needed to see from a Ferrari driver that is still in the hunt for a championship.

3- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

Result in Montreal: DNF

A string of success in recent races catapulted Perez back into championship contention, but his momentum finally stalled in Canada. After crashing in qualifying and beginning the race in 13th, he retired on the seventh lap with a gearbox malfunction. His teammate now has a 46-point lead in the drivers’ standings.

4- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Result in Montreal: 2nd

Without Leclerc or Perez to worry about at the front, Sainz did exactly what everyone expected of him, taking second behind Verstappen for his fifth podium of the year. The Ferrari car was at a clear disadvantage on straightaways in Canada, but one has to wonder if the car was the only reason for people’s tempered expectations. Sainz remains the only driver in the top four without a win this season.

5- George Russell (Mercedes)

Result in Montreal: 4th

The Mercedes car has not been competing for wins in 2022, but Russell has undeniably been the most consistent driver on the grid. In his first year on a competitive team, he has now finished in the top five in nine straight races, and recovered beautifully from a mistake in qualifying on Saturday to take fourth in Canada.

The Rest of the Grid:

  • 6- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 7- Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • 8- Lando Norris (McLaren)
  • 9- Valterri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
  • 10- Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  • 11- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
  • 12- Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  • 13- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  • 14- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
  • 15- Alex Albon (Williams)
  • 16- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
  • 17- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 18- Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • 19- Mick Schumacher (Haas)
  • 20- Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

 

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