Team Ratings in Saudi Arabia | Mercedes on top, Red Bull drops back

06-12-2021 20:43 | Updated: 06-12-2021 23:03
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Team Ratings in Saudi Arabia | Mercedes on top, Red Bull drops back

The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix was perhaps the most chaotic race of this season. How did the teams do this weekend? GPblog reviews their performance.

Red Bull - 7

Actually, there was more in it for Red Bull this weekend. Max Verstappen lost pole position to a crash on Saturday, while Sergio Perez crashed into the wall on Sunday. The team did the smart thing by accepting the FIA's offer of a restart, but with the speed of Saturday's race, a better result could have been achieved.

AlphaTauri - 7

Both drivers of AlphaTauri completed an excellent qualifying with two Q3 positions. Pierre Gasly managed to turn this result into a P6 in the race. Yuki Tsunoda unfortunately disappointed on Sunday and despite his good starting position fell outside the points due to an incident with Sebastian Vettel, but all in all, it was a strong weekend for the team.

Mercedes - 8

Mercedes couldn't really have hoped for a better result. Lewis Hamilton won the race after all the chaos and Valtteri Bottas still managed to come back to P3 when he had trouble at the red flag. The team picked up a lot of points on Red Bull due to Perez's retirement and victory in the Constructors' Championship is within reach due to the result.

Alpine - 8

Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso had an opposite weekend. Ocon narrowly missed out on the podium due to a last-minute overtake by Bottas, but it was nonetheless a strong weekend for the Frenchman with good race strategy. Alonso was beaten by his teammate on both Saturday and Sunday.

McLaren - 7.5

Lando Norris, unfortunately, had no luck with the red flag and dropped to P10 as a result, but Daniel Ricciardo on the other hand was able to benefit considerably. The team's strategy ensured that he drove from P11 to P5, but another poor qualifying performance cannot be forgotten.

Ferrari - 7.5

For the Ferrari team it was a mixed weekend. Charles Leclerc had a strong performance with a P4 in qualifying, but he too suffered the brunt of the red flag during the race and dropped back to P7. Carlos Sainz had a dramatic qualifying session but was able to take advantage of the red flag.

Alfa Romeo - 6.5

The team owes this grade mainly to the performance of Antonio Giovinazzi, who reached Q3 and finished ninth in the race. Kimi Raikkonen was slower than his teammate all weekend and didn't get further than P15.

Williams - 6

Unfortunately, George Russell crashed out in an incident on the restart. Nicholas Latifi made it to the end of the race and was able to keep up with several other drivers. The team would have liked more though.

Haas - 1

It's a weekend to forget for the Haas team. Mick Schumacher was the first dropout of the race due to a crash, which was his own fault, and Nikita Mazepin also fell victim to an incident. Again, zero points for the team.

Aston Martin - 6

You could say it was a dramatic weekend for Aston Martin. In qualifying, both drivers crashed out in Q1, and the race wasn't much fun either. Lance Stroll finished just outside the points and Sebastian Vettel was involved in several incidents.

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