DRIVER RATINGS: Look away now, Daniel Ricciardo fans!

Max Verstappen – 10

An 11th victory of the season – we lack superlatives for Verstappen. He was once again flawless and a second title is now within reach. He passed Hamilton when he needed to – there was never much doubt about that.

George Russell – 8

Russell was the slower of the two Mercedes drivers, but deserves credit for his call to stop under the safety car. This ultimately worked in his favor and allowed him to beat Hamilton. However, Mercedes allowing him to stop meant they had no chance of winning the race, giving Verstappen a free run against the seven-time champion.

Charles Leclerc – 8

Ferrari was the third fastest team on Sunday at Zandvoort. Without the defunct safety car, it was likely that Leclerc was certain to finish fourth, so Ferrari was right to run him through the softs. Not much more than Leclerc could have done.

Lewis Hamilton – 9

There is no doubt that Hamilton remains near the peak of his powers. If not for Perez’s crash in Q3, he could have qualified in the top three. Once Sainz was knocked out of the race, Hamilton was electric. His one-stop strategy might have worked against Hamilton, but we couldn’t see it due to Tsunoda’s stoppage. He was left out under the safety car, meaning he couldn’t defend against Verstappen, Russell or Leclerc.

Sergio Perez – 7

Perez was out all weekend, an error costing him a place on the front two rows of the grid in Q3. The Mexican fought hard on race day with another fantastic display of defensive driving against Hamilton before losing to Sainz on the track (inheriting fifth place after the Spaniard’s penalty).

Fernando Alonso – 8

Another typical race day performance from Alonso. Recovering from his disappointing exit in Q2, to finish sixth in the end. He edged out Norris to ensure Alpine maximized their points in the race for fourth in the constructors’ championship.

Lando Norris – 8

Norris continues to squeeze the most out of the 2022 McLaren package with another strong weekend. He was “best of the rest” behind the top three teams in qualifying before finishing eighth. He lost to Alonso in the final stage of the race.

Carlos Sainz – 6

Sainz was not at the races on race day in Zandvoort. While his 5 second penalty was unfortunate, his running pace was just awful compared to Leclerc. Although he had a slow initial pit stop, he was only five seconds ahead of Norris going into the VSC phase. A bad race overall.

Esteban Ocon – 7

After a disappointing Q2 outing, Ocon took advantage of Alpine’s better race pace to move up in the points. The slower of the two Alpines but it was another solid day’s work for the Frenchman at Zandvoort.

Spear Stroll – 8

Stroll enjoyed his best weekend of the year with an appearance in Q3 after showing exceptional pace in training. A hydraulic problem prevented him from participating in Q3. He held onto 10th on race day with the two fastest Alpines eventually making it.

Pierre Gasly – 6

Gasly was beaten by his teammate in qualifying and was racing behind him before Tsunoda retired from the race. After the peaks of 2021, the switch from Gasly to Alpine is necessary – a new start and a new motivation in a work team.

Alex Albon – 7

Albon continues to impress for Williams, progressing in Q2 and running steadily through midfield. Maybe he deserves more applause because he’s been doing a Russell-like job this season. Monza should suit Williams, so watch out for Albon.

Michael Schumacher – 7

Points were on the table for Schumacher at Zandvoort had it not been for a 10-second pit stop. The German is fighting for his F1 career so it was a big missed opportunity that was completely out of his control. Still, his pace has been promising all weekend and he should be encouraged ahead of Monza.

Sebastien Vettel – 5

A rare off-week for the quadruple champion. He couldn’t keep pace with Stroll all weekend. He was given a 5 second penalty for failing to pull away from Hamilton on a mid lap.

Kevin Magnussen – 5

Magnussen endured a bad weekend. He was knocked out in Q1 (again) and made an unusual mistake early in the race. Easily the slower of the two Haas riders this weekend.

Zhou Guanyu – 6

Zhou managed to outplay his teammate once again, continuing his strong form over the past few weeks. Alfa Romeo was never in contention for the points but should have finished a bit better, especially without their speeding penalty.

Daniel Ricciardo – 4

It was another tough race for Ricciardo at Zandvoort. He was eliminated in Q1, while Norris progressed in Q3. The Aussie couldn’t recover on race day, when McLaren’s strategic choices were strange.

Nicholas Latifi – 4

It’s easy to forget that Latifi was racing at Zandvoort. Once again, he was once again off the pace of his teammate Albon and did not participate in the 72 lap race. He needs to do more if he wants to keep his motivation for 2023.

Valtteri Bottas – 6

Bottas was eliminated in Q1 for the second week in a row as he was overqualified by teammate Zhou. The Finn was in 13th place before another mechanical problem forced him to leave the race early, dragging the safety car. He was running ahead of his teammate in the race before that.

Yuki Tsunoda – 6

After making a rare appearance in Q3, Tsunoda’s Dutch GP ended in questionable circumstances. The Japanese driver stopped on the track because he thought one of his wheels was loose before returning to the pit lane. After AlphaTauri adjusted his seat belts, Tsunoda was thrown back onto the track before coming to a stop again, resulting in a virtual safety car. Anyway, in terms of performance, it’s been an encouraging weekend so far.

DRIVER RATINGS: Look away now, Daniel Ricciardo fans!

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