F1 Power Rankings: Azerbaijan

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Throughout the season, POPULAR OPEN WHEEL will rank the top-10 drivers in Formula 1 following each event. 

Team Rankings

2018 Constructor’s Championship After Azerbaijan

1. Ferrari & Mercedes – only four markers apart, neither displayed clear dominance.

3. Red Bull –earned no points this weekend due to a collision of its two entries

4. McLaren Renault – Fernando Alonso is keeping this resurgent team solidly in the middle

5. Renault – the factory team tails its customer by just one point now.

6. Force India vaults up to sixth-place due to Sergio Perez’ spectacular podium

7. Toro Rosso – not one of their better races

8. Haas – ditto Haas as Romain Grosjean continues his miserable season and Kevin Magnussen had tire puncture issues

9. Sauber – Rookie Charles Leclerc is responsible for eight of Sauber’s points thus far, while veteran Marcus Ericsson throws in two.

10. Williams – Canadian driver Lance Stroll scored all four of Williams’ points at Baku.


Driver Rankings After Azerbaijan

  1. Lewis Hamilton won his first race of 2018 and leads the points. While his luck has been largely abysmal thus far, his victory shows he’s fully ready to take full advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
  2. Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas’ luck has not been the best lately and nowhere was that more in evidence than at Baku. He looked poised to take his first victory of the year when he suffered a puncture late in the race. He’s still awesome in spite of the poor luck.
  3. Daniel Ricciardo falls two spots due to his contest ending collision with his teammate Max Verstappen on the street circuit. We judge him the less culpable of the pair.
  4. Mexico’s Sergio Perez climbs to the fourth position by earning his eighth F1 podium at Azerbaijan. Podiums by drivers not in the top three teams are rarer than Donald Trump telling the truth.
  5. Sebastian Vettel sits in second but he and his teammate Raikkonen continue to squander opportunities and few hold him accountable because he’s a Ferrari driver. Not us. He came in fourth this race but should have won.
  6. Fernando Alonzo remains in sixth place and his seventh spot finish shows that he’s still a credible driver, but we don’t see him winning any time soon.
  7. Nico Hulkenberg has been amazingly consistent all season, scoring points every contest until his single car crash in Baku. Still, we judge this as less heinous than taking out one’s teammate and this is reflected in our index.
  8. Max Verstappen continues to lose credibility of the F1 community and taking out his highly regarded teammate Ricciardo at Azerbaijan cost him one place in our estimations.
  9. Kevin Magnusson’s results do not reflect the tremendous driving talent displayed this year. He’s currently eleventh among the drivers.
  10. Madrid’s’ Carlos Sainz enters the rankings with a fifthplace in Baku and current tenth in Championship points. Pierre Gasley drops from our list as he still lacks consistency.

We will resume the rankings after the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson is a graduate of the University of Arizona and spent her corporate career as a Controller. She is a lifelong writer who has been covering open wheel racing since 2000 and is the author of historical articles and co-author of one book She and her husband, photographer Jeff Davidson, have two daughters and make their home in Murrieta, CA.

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