Team ratings | Ferrari hits rock bottom, Red Bull almost perfect

Team ratings | Ferrari hits rock bottom, Red Bull almost perfect

01-08-2022 14:41 Last update: 15:22

Ferrari hit a low point in Hungary with their dramatic strategy. Red Bull Racing and Mercedes, on the other hand, received near-perfect scores on their reports. The Italian team will have to rethink their choices in the title fight during the summer break.

Red Bull Racing: 8.5

Max Verstappen drove to victory at the Hungaroring to the surprise of many. The Dutchman had to start from P10 after engine problems in qualifying, but his team put Verstappen on the perfect strategy. Furthermore, Sergio Perez is slowly closing in on Charles Leclerc with his P5 finish. Red Bull deserves a high point because of Sunday's madness, but because of qualifying reliability issues, the team just falls short of a perfect score.

Mercedes: 9

Mercedes also came up trumps in Hungary. George Russell took pole position, despite the team not looking too good in practice. The Briton didn't finish first, but Mercedes did end up on the podium with both drivers for the second time in a row. Lewis Hamilton drove a great race and came back from P7 to P2. If Mercedes keeps going like this, they may be able to challenge Ferrari for the second position in the constructors' championship.

Ferrari: 4

For Ferrari, the weekend could not have gone worse. The Italians looked the strongest on Friday but missed out on pole position in qualifying. Still, there were many chances in the race with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc on P2 and P3, but a questionable strategy saw both drivers finish off the podium. Leclerc was even put on hard tyres, a poor choice that resulted in the Monegasque having to come in for a third pit stop. The Italians have once again shown that making strategic choices is not their strongest suit, but that will cost them dearly in the championship. Leclerc was the main victim of the strategy, but Sainz was also disadvantaged by another slow pit stop.

Aston Martin: 7.5

Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll battled each other for the final point for the second weekend in a row. This time, however, it was Vettel who finished in the top ten. The Aston Martin looked promising in terms of race pace, and excellent strategy allowed the two drivers to come back from P14 and P18. Now the team still needs to work on the qualifying pace.

McLaren: 7

Lando Norris started from a strong fourth position in the race, while Daniel Ricciardo also started from the top ten. However, McLaren also made the wrong choice by putting its drivers on hard tyres. As a result, the team only takes home six points, ultimately the same number as rival Alpine. Norris did manage to find grip on the tyres, but Ricciardo dropped back to P15 because he could not find grip on the cold tyres.

Alpine: 7

Alpine managed to limit the damage by scoring as many points as rival McLaren, but Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso could have finished higher. The team tried to go for the one-stop on hard tyres, but this actually caused them to fall back to the rear.

Alfa Romeo: 5

Alfa Romeo was also one of the teams that chose the wrong strategy. The one-stop on hard tyres caused the drivers to lose a lot of speed at the end of their stint. Guanyu Zhou was unable to do much in the race, while Valtteri Bottas crashed out again in the closing stages of the race.

Haas: 5.5

Kevin Magnussen had to pit for a new front wing after making contact on the first lap. His race was effectively over as a result. The Haas car did not have the pace to keep up with the rest of the field in Hungary. Mick Schumacher finished only fifteenth.

AlphaTauri: 4

For Red Bull's junior team, Hungary was a weekend to forget. Pierre Gasly had to start from the pit lane after changing engine parts, but the Frenchman was not fast enough to get into the top ten. Yuki Tsunoda crossed the finish line last after a spin on the track. The team goes into the summer break with zero points.

Williams: 5

Another fail for Williams after disappointing P17 and P18 in the race. Nicholas Latifi provided some excitement when he set the fastest time in FP3, but that was also the only highlight of the weekend for the British team. There is a lot to be done during the summer break if Williams are to score more points.