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Ratings | Verstappen could not match Hamilton in Brazilian GP

Ratings | Verstappen could not match Hamilton in Brazilian GP

15-11-2021 08:02


The Brazilian Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton after a titanic battle. The Brit defeated his rival Max Verstappen in a direct duel. At GPblog, we give marks to drivers for their performance in the Brazilian GP. 

Hamilton: 10

Despite a disqualification and a grid penalty of five places for a new engine, Lewis Hamilton still won the Brazilian GP. The Briton can only get a ten, because he was from another planet at Interlagos. Nothing shook him this weekend.

Verstappen: 8.5

Max Verstappen did everything he could, but Hamilton was no match for him in Brazil. The Dutchman lost a point in the title race on Saturday due to a lousy start but otherwise drove a strong weekend. 

Bottas: 7.5

Valtteri Bottas was a sheep on the verge of defeat in the first round of the Brazilian GP. Just when Hamilton needed him so badly, the Finn didn't respond. With the luck of the virtual safety car he ended up on the podium, but after a strong qualifying race you would have expected more from the Finn.

Perez: 7

Sergio Perez did what he had to do this weekend. In qualifying, he closed the gap, but in the sprint race he missed out on a point by not being able to pass Carlos Sainz. On Sunday, a P3 would have been possible if it wasn't for the fact that Bottas got lucky with the virtual safety car. Perez did the best he could, setting the fastest lap on the very last lap.

Leclerc: 8.5

Charles Leclerc struggled again this weekend with his teammate. The gap was never big, but Leclerc lost qualifying and the sprint race to his Spanish colleague. On Sunday, however, the Monegasque showed again who is boss in the team with a fifth place.

Sainz: 8

Carlos Sainz drove an impressive sprint race to third place and one point. On Sunday, however, things didn't go as smoothly and he lost a lot of ground at the start.

Gasly: 8

Pierre Gasly is single-handedly keeping AlphaTauri in the race for fifth place in the Constructors' standings. Ocon and Alonso both score points, but with a perfect weekend Gasly scores as many points on his own. As a result, the two teams remain level in the standings.

Ocon: 7.5

Esteban Ocon had a strong weekend in Brazil where he was, albeit narrowly, faster than his teammate.

Alonso: 7.5

Fernando Alonso had a tougher weekend with Ocon than he bargained for, but still managed to score points for his team.

Norris: 6.5

Lando Norris made things very difficult for himself by diving into a hole at the start which wasn't really there. Although he and Sainz are close, you don't need the Spaniard to get out of the way when you dive into a hole that doesn't really exist. The Brit did make a good recovery, picking up another point, but it's not enough to keep pace with Ferrari.

Vettel: 6.5

Sebastian Vettel just failed to score any points, but that was never really the case for Aston Martin. The German clearly shows that he is the man of the hour within the team.

Raikkonen: 8

Despite being clipped by his teammate in the sprint race, the Finn was the closest to scoring points at the Brazilian GP.

Russell: 7

George Russell was beaten by his teammate for the first time in F1 qualifying and also finished behind his Canadian counterpart on Saturday. Russell put things right on Sunday, but points have been a long time coming for Latifi and him.

Giovinazzi: 6

It seems clear that Antonio Giovinazzi is on his last races in Formula 1. If it wasn't clear already, Giovinazzi hasn't managed to convince the Alfa Romeo management with good performances either. All weekend he was slower than his teammate and to make matters worse he lapped Raikkonen in the sprint race.

Tsunoda: 4.5

Yuki Tsunoda let Gasly down in the fight with Alpine. The Japanese driver lacks speed and makes too many mistakes. Stroll may have slammed the door a bit wildly, but it was also a bit too optimistic an action from the AlphaTauri driver, who also got a penalty for it.

Latifi: 6

Nicholas Latifi beat his teammate for the first time in qualifying, but on Sunday he fell a little short again.

Mazepin: 6.5

With tears in his eyes, Nikita Mazepin addressed the press after yet another blunder in qualifying. Again he was slower than his teammate, but he was the first Haas driver to cross the line.

Schumacher: 4

In a duel with Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher hit the gas just a little too early and lost control of his car. There's no room for mistakes like that in the Senna S, so Schumacher lost his front wing and could join the back of the queue.

Ricciardo: 4

Daniel Ricciardo came up short again this weekend to help his team gain valuable points in the battle with Ferrari. It's still too shaky for the Australian.

Stroll: 4.5

Lance Stroll dropped out again after Q1, crashing unnecessarily with Tsunoda and eventually dropping out with a problem. The Canadian didn't have the speed compared to his teammate this weekend.

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