After a thrilling race at Azerbaijan, Rach F1's Matthew Gannon rates the field out of 10.
The Top Teams:
Lewis Hamilton - P5
Driver Rating - 8
Let's make things clear - Hamilton would have won the race has his headrest not detached. He controlled the field well with good pace and managed the numerous safety car restarts well (even if he controversially collided with Vettel's Ferrari)
Valtteri Bottas - P2
Driver Rating 8.5
To come from a lap down to second place is huge. Profiting from safety cars to get on the lead lap, he showed his race winning pace to take second on the line and would have won the race if it was five laps longer. Was only let down by his sloppy crash with Raikkonen.
Sebastian Vettel - P4
Driver Rating 6
The German was second best to Hamilton before the safety car period, jumping to second after a collision between Bottas and Raikkonen. He lost his rag with Hamilton, earning himself a 10 second stop-go penalty and costing him the race win.
Daniel Ricciardo - P1
Driver Rating 10
You could have been forgiven for thinking Daniel would be down and out after a disappointing qualifying, despite this Ricciardo proved his consistency, racecraft and driving skill with an aggressive double overtake into turn one on the Williams drivers. All in all a great drive to an unforgettable victory.
Esteban Ocon - P6
Driver Rating 5.5
The talented young Frenchman will be disappointed with today despite another strong finish. He came from 16th to be in the top 3 by the final third but a podium, if not a win would have been possible for him or Perez had he have not hit his teammate around the halfway mark.
Lance Stroll - P3
Driver Rating 10
Yes your eyes do not deceive you - just a fortnight after his first points in his home race at Canada, Lance Stroll has scored his first podium. The 18-year-old was meters from second although Bottas had enough speed to take the Canadian on the line. A consistent and surprisingly comfortable weekend for Lance and a deserved winner of Rach F1 Driver of the Day. .
Nico Hulkenberg - DNF
Driver Rating 6
The Renault driver had good pace and looked racey carving his way through the field well into the top 10. Despite a strong result beckoning for Renault, Hulkenberg clipped the inside wall at turn 7 and his race was over.
Kevin Magnussen - P7
Driver Rating 7.5.
In a race where Haas' brake issues once more came to light, Kevin was running strongly and capitalised on the dramas around him to take solid points for Haas even if it wasn't the podium he held earlier.
Finally the Backmarkers:
Fernando Alonso - P9
Driver Rating 8
McLaren have done it! Points scored for the team. Two valuable points for Alonso as he drove a great race, battling with Hamilton and Vettel briefly and passing a car down a straight made it seem like a proper F1 race for McLaren. Plus, Alonso showed the team why he's the man for the job.
Pascal Wehrlein - P10
Driver Rating 7
If we all thought the German's eighth place in Spain was amazing, his solitary point in Azerbaijan was arguably better. A non-descript race for the Sauber driver and Mercedes junior saw him ordered to pass teammate Ericsson to try make the gap and secure the last point from rivals McLaren and their driver Stoffel Vandoorne. Overall a good showing and good speed.
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by Matthew Gannon