POWER RANKINGS: Which driver emerged because the shock #1 after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

The judges’ scores are in after the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and neither winner Max Verstappen nor pole-sitter Charles Leclerc have topped the charts this week. Scroll down for the scores…

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The judges have been most impressed with Gasly this weekend, the AlphaTauri driver having completed a stellar fifth behind each Mercedes. Boosting his rating was an excellent P4 in qualifying on Saturday, Gasly splitting the Silver Arrows, and he solely misplaced P4 within the race when Hamilton charged up on newer tyres late within the race. A really good efficiency by the Frenchman, mirrored by his place on the high of this week’s Energy Rankings.

READ MORE: Contrasting fortunes at AlphaTauri as ‘unbelievable’ race for Gasly tempered by rear wing points for Tsunoda


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Race winner Verstappen did not qualify in addition to his rivals, taking third on the grid, however stored his cool and appeared to care for his Pirellis higher than staff mate Perez. Leclerc’s retirement was the icing on the cake for the main Dutchman, who then went on to cruise to victory in Baku.

READ MORE: Horner calls Pink Bull’s Baku 1-2 ‘redemption’ for Verstappen dropping 2021 win


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Pole-sitter Leclerc misplaced his lead going into Flip 1 however held on and will nicely have had the tempo to take the lead due to the second Digital Security Automobile. In fact, Leclerc did not make it to the second VSC of the race, his engine reducing out after 20 laps and condemning the championship contender to a different DNF. His efficiency was stable sufficient to place him third in our standings, nonetheless.

READ MORE: Binotto calls Baku DNFs ‘a priority’ as Ferrari slip 80 factors behind Pink Bull


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Russell as soon as once more squeezed every thing out of his Mercedes W13 on a day through which the W13 appeared robust to drive, bottoming out throughout the Baku Metropolis Circuit. The Briton certified fifth to keep up his hopes of retaining that high 5 streak alive however with each Ferraris retiring, he inherited the final podium place – as soon as once more in a category of his personal between the midfield and the highest groups.

READ MORE: ‘We have been just a little bit faster than anticipated’ – Russell seizes alternative to take unlikely Baku podium


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Hamilton, like Russell, gave his all on one other robust day for Mercedes. The bodily toll definitely confirmed on the seven-time champion however he stored on pushing from a disappointing seventh on the grid, overhauling Gasly late on to again up Russell and take extra beneficial factors for the staff.

READ MORE: Wolff backs Mercedes technical staff to get W13 ‘again on monitor’ after labelling automobile ‘a s***field to drive’ in Baku


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Eighth in qualifying, thirteenth within the race – the outcomes do not inform the total story of Tsunoda’s Sunday. The Japanese driver appeared set for P6 or thereabouts when it turned obvious that solely half his DRS flap was opening. That despatched him again into the pits for a prolonged repair, aided by lashings of tape, and regardless of becoming delicate tyres the AlphaTauri driver was demoted to thirteenth on the flag on a day through which he deserved way more.

READ MORE: Contrasting fortunes at AlphaTauri as ‘unbelievable’ race for Gasly tempered by rear wing points for Tsunoda


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Vettel transformed a P9 grid slot into an eighth-place end, the Aston Martin driver with a superb flip of tempo on Sunday. Lucky that Tsunoda fell down the order late on, the four-time champion was additionally fortunate that his early mistake in chase of Ocon did not price him various locations as he executed a pitch-perfect spin-turn within the Flip 3 run-off.

READ MORE: Vettel shrugs off error that price him shot at P5 in Azerbaijan GP


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Maybe not Perez’s finest race, and definitely not one of many similar caliber as his Monaco victory. Nevertheless it wasn’t a nasty displaying both. Perez certified second and took the lead off Leclerc into Flip 1 however could not hold tempo with staff mate Verstappen, the Mexican backing up a Pink Bull one-two due to retirements for each Ferrari drivers.

READ MORE: Would Leclerc have triumphed in Baku with out his Lap 20 DNF?


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Alonso’s P10 qualification was middling by definition, however the Alpine driver stored his nostril clear on the best way to P7 within the race. The straight-line velocity of his A522 helped him hold the McLarens at bay however even when Ricciardo was bearing down on the finish, the two-time champion appeared unfazed.

READ MORE: Alonso left with ‘good style’ after third straight factors rating gives momentum heading to Canada


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What might have been for Zhou Guanyu? The rookie certified 14th forward of staff mate Bottas and was even working forward of his completed staff mate – after which reliability troubles caught once more. The Chinese language driver’s efficiency wasn’t misplaced on the judges, however a attainable factors rating was, and now Zhou has suffered three DNFs within the final 4 races.

READ MORE: ‘It is occurred too many instances this yr’ – Zhou left annoyed by third DNF of the season in Baku

Lacking out

The McLaren drivers missed out on the highest 10 this week, scoring slightly below Zhou. Each Norris and Ricciardo garnered the very same rating from the judges, which was sufficient to place them a joint eleventh on this week’s Energy Rankings.

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