Austrian Grand Prix Driver Ratings
Formula 1's repeat visit to the Red Bull Ring offered a repeat winner, but there were several notable changes to the Styrian Grand Prix resulting from cooler temperatures and softer tyre compounds. Amid the shakeup in the order, there were several performances worthy of high ratings
Max Verstappen – 10
Simply lovely. Didn’t go quicker on his final Q3 lap due to a lack of tow, but as he didn’t lose pole it doesn’t impact the maximum score. In the race he was mighty – warded off Norris at the start, dropped him at the restart and then sailed clear to score his first F1 grand slam. Likely untouchable even without Norris disrupting the Mercedes progress.
Valtteri Bottas – 7
The difference in his score versus Hamilton is largely down to his qualifying defeat, where he too was outpaced by Norris. In the race he was solid in the first stint, but only really got back on terms with his team-mate because Hamilton sustained damage and then didn’t exactly drop Norris on the run to the flag, with the McLaren even fractionally faster early in stint two.
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