Formula 1 Power Rankings: Post Austrian Grand Prix

By Patrick Moquin
Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Perez of Mexico races in to the Senna turn during the Montreal Grand Prix at circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
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With Max Verstappen in pole position at the Red Bull Ring last Sunday, it was difficult to imagine any other result beyond a victory for the reigning Formula 1 champion. But at the Austrian Grand Prix in front of a packed grandstand, the Red Bull ace and his fans were foiled by the sheer pace of Ferrari and rival Charles Leclerc. The power rankings weren’t significantly affected by events in Spielberg, but the potential resurgence of Leclerc is excitement enough for one weekend.

1- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Power Ranking After Silverstone: 1st

The 2022 points leader didn’t win from pole position, but on a day when the Ferrari car was clearly faster, Verstappen minimized the damage with a runner-up finish to maintain a 37-point lead in the standings. Fighting near the front all season, Red Bull’s lead driver has rarely been in a position to display any brilliant driving, but he has been incredibly solid and the team’s strategy has propelled him to the top of the standings. It will take a mammoth effort from one of his rivals to knock him off the hill.

2- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Power Ranking After Silverstone: 4th

It should have been a 1-2 finish for Ferrari in Austria, but with mechanical issues nearly taking out both cars in the late stages, Leclerc’s victory felt more like a dive for the finish line than a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, Leclerc overtook Verstappen three times on Red Bull’s home track to win his first race since April, a belated, much-needed triumph for the Ferrari driver as he looks for a way back into the title fight. After disastrous strategy decisions earlier this season, the team will need to be perfect to have any chance of boosting Leclerc past Verstappen.

3- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Power Ranking After Silverstone: 2nd

Following his first career win at Silverstone, Sainz’s race in Austria went sideways in the late stages, as mechanical issues led to a scary fire and subsequent retirement. Sainz was firmly in position to secure a runner-up finish behind Leclerc before the car broke down, which made Ferrari’s comeback in Spielberg somewhat bittersweet. It also hurt Leclerc’s attempt to make up ground on Verstappen, who earned more points after inheriting second from Sainz.

4- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

Power Ranking After Silverstone: 3rd

An incident with George Russell early on in Austria sent Perez to the back of the grid, and unlike Silverstone, the Mexican driver struggled to make up ground and retired. Although Russell was to blame for the incident in Spielberg, Perez has also been more aggressive recently as he chases close behind Verstappen in the points standings. He has not had a race without an incident or retirement since Azerbaijan, when he was ordered not to compete with his teammate for the victory in the final laps.

5- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Power Ranking After Silverstone: 5th

The beginning of the season was turbulent, but Hamilton has been much stronger this summer, earning three straight podium finishes in a car that has consistently improved. Despite the recent success, the eight-time champion still hasn’t bridged the gap in the standings to his teammate, George Russell, who has earned 10 top-five finishes in the first 11 races.

The Rest of the Grid:

6- George Russell (Mercedes, Ranking After Silverstone: 6th)

7- Lando Norris (McLaren, Ranking After Silverstone: 7th)

8- Esteban Ocon (Alpine, Ranking After Silverstone: 9th)

9- Fernando Alonso (Alpine, Ranking After Silverstone: 8th)

10- Valterri Bottas (Alfa Romeo, Ranking After Silverstone: 10th)

11- Mick Schumacher (Haas, Ranking After Silverstone: 14th)

12- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin, Ranking After Silverstone: 11th)

13- Kevin Magnussen (Haas, Ranking After Silverstone: 15th)

14- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren, Ranking After Silverstone: 16th)

15- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri, Ranking After Silverstone: 12th)

16- Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo, Ranking After Silverstone: 13th)

17- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin, Ranking After Silverstone: 17th)

18- Alex Albon (Williams, Ranking After Silverstone: 18th)

19- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri, Ranking After Silverstone: 19th)

20- Nicholas Latifi (Williams, Ranking After Silverstone: 20th)

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