POWER RANKINGS: Who’s up and who’s down after the 2022 Australian Grand Prix?

Charles Leclerc dominated at Albert Park – but who else impressed in Melbourne? The Power Rankings results from our judges are from the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.

How it works

  • Our five judging panel evaluates each driver after each Grand Prix and scores them out of 10 according to their performance over the weekend – taking machinery out of the equation

  • Our experts’ scores are then calculated as an average to produce a race score – with these scores calculated over the season on our overall Power Rankings Leaderboard (bottom of page)


Charles Leclerc scored a perfect 10 from the judges and completed a grand slam – pole, fastest lap, and each lap led to the top – Down Under. He leads the position and took the victory for the second time in three races – and the praise of our judges.

READ MORE: 6 winners and 5 losers from the Australian Grand Prix – Who got the audience on their feet in Melbourne?


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Alex Albon drove an incredible race from P20 on the track – with a penalty from the previous race and was then disqualified from qualifying in Australia thanks to a fuel test problem – to get to P10, giving Williams the first point of the season. The team’s inspired strategy could have fallen flat without his healthy execution.

READ MORE: Albon says the P10 finish was ‘unthinkable’ before launching an inspired strategy in Australia


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Lando Norris beat his and McLaren’s first Q3 appearance of the season and brought points home again, leading teammate Daniel Ricciardo with a confident performance. The 22-year-old barely put a foot wrong on Albert Park and took home the third highest Power Rankings score.

SEE: Albon and Norris’ hilarious Australian Grand Prix Post-Race Show takeover


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Another podium for Mercedes – this time George Russell wins his first top three for the Silver Arrows. The ex-Williams racer qualified alongside Lewis Hamilton, but jumped his teammate thanks to a pit stop under Safety Car, bringing a much-needed result home to the team.

READ MORE: Russell says first Mercedes podium and second place in the championship is ‘pretty crazy’


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Max Verstappen did not finish the race, but qualified as number two and maximized his chance to stay there until Red Bull RB18 gave up on him moments from the end of the race. The Dutchman ran an almost flawless race and came empty-handed from there.

READ MORE: ‘If you want to fight for the title, these things can not happen’ – Verstappen frustrated by ‘unacceptable’ Melbourne retirement


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Sergio Perez scored the same as teammate Verstappen according to our referees, but the Mexican was the one who took P2 on Sunday. Perez qualified for third place and got the upper hand from both Mercedes on the track, collecting the pieces for his team in a safe performance.

READ MORE: ‘We could not match Ferrari at any time’ says Perez after saving P2 for Red Bull


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Lewis Hamilton achieved the same Power Rankings score as the Red Bull drivers, even though the Mercedes finished in fourth place on Sunday after missing the chance to pit under Safety Car. Out-qualified Russell, Hamilton was in front until the inappropriate tire stop – but it did not do much to diminish his Power Rankings score.

READ MORE: Hamilton explains ‘difficult position’ radio message after returning home behind Russell in Melbourne


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Fernando Alonso finished last on the net on a Sunday where his alternative strategy could not pay off, but the Spaniard showed brilliant pace throughout the weekend. When he started as number 10 on the track, he had a far better pace before his alpine cut-out at turn 11. On Sunday, the Safety Car interventions did not fall his way and let him ruin luck again.

READ MORE: Alonso ‘speechless’ after weekend unfolds to leave him last in Melbourne


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Home hero Daniel Ricciardo scored his first points of the season for McLaren in a much-improved display, qualifying as seventh and finishing in sixth place ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon – and only four-tenths behind team-mate Norris. It was a solid show that now serves as a benchmark for the Australian in 2022.

READ MORE: Ricciardo was relieved to avoid another ‘painful home run’ as he delivers P6 in front of Australian fans


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Valtteri Bottas almost out-qualified teammate Zhou Guanyu on Saturday, but the former Mercedes driver delivered a strong Sunday performance to take the P8 for Alfa Romeo, returning from an unfortunate DNF in Jeddah. Bottas seems to have gotten a grip on the lives of his new employers remarkably quickly.

READ MORE: Bottas praises Alfa Romeo performance after P8 finish in Melbourne

Missing

Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were the pair who missed out on the top 10 in Australia – although both drivers came home in the points for AlphaTauri and Alpine respectively.

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