Bahrain Grand Prix driver ratings
Prime
Formula 1 / Bahrain GP Special feature

Bahrain Grand Prix driver ratings

By:

A mentally exhausting Bahrain GP proved a stern test of Formula 1 drivers' mental steel, and several stepped up to the plate with noteworthy performances - although one faultless drive went ultimately unrewarded

Lewis Hamilton – 10

Another superb performance from Hamilton, who feels he has gained now the title battle pressure has lifted. Despite a less than ideal build up to qualifying, thanks to Mercedes' efforts to learn the 2021 rubber coming at the expense of set-up work and long-run data gathering, he dominated to take pole. Was brilliant in the race – nailing the various starts and managing his tyres to perfection.

Max Verstappen – 9

Possibly a fraction harsh considering his weekend performance, but he just misses a maximum score for not keeping Bottas off the front row. The 0.289s gap between the Mercedes pair and being ahead after the first runs in Q3 show he had a chance. Raced brilliantly, defending from Perez at the second start and generally harrying Hamilton throughout with a car that handled like a "kangaroo" early on.

shares
comments

What aftermath photos reveal about Grosjean's escape

Red Bull "could have done better" to beat Hamilton on strategy

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Williams launch
Alex Kalinauckas

Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge Why Albon won't be "throwing around laptops" to gain a 2023 F1 edge

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

Throwback: The 1987 Lotus 99T The pioneering F1 car that preceded Lotus’s terminal decline

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The story of Ken Tyrrell's team How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinuackas

Assessing Hamilton's Mercedes stint Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jonathan Noble

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinauckas

Assessing Wolff's Mercedes influence The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The line-up Ocon, Gasly may emulate The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

Who were the fastest F1 drivers? Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?